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Chair: Carole Homan
Vice Chair: Fiona Neale and Hilary Powell
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Online Library documents for HMP BELMARSH
Belmarsh became operational in April 1991, and is a local prison holding remand and sentenced male prisoners, primarily serving the Central Criminal Court and magistrates’ Courts in SE London and Crown and Magistrates’ Courts in SW Essex. Belmarsh has a dual role and also holds Category ‘A’ prisoners. It has a mixture of approximately 60% multi-occupancy cells and 40% single cells, distributed across four, three storey, residential units; each with three spurs of 42 cells.
It is a local prison but combines those functions with those of a high security establishment and also holds 'A' cat. prisoners. It primarily serves the Central Criminal Court and Magistrates’ Courts in South East London and parts of Essex, as well as holding high security risk prisoners on remand and awaiting trial.
Belmarsh opened in April 1991 and was the first adult male prison to be
There are four residential house blocks:
Mon: 07:30 - 12:30 & 13:30 - 17:00
Mon: 17:45 - 20:30
HEALTH & SPORTS
The gymnasium staff work in partnership with Charlton Athletic Football Club to deliver F.A. accredited coaching courses qualifying prisoners to become coaches post release.
Sports available include;
3 sessions of 20 minutes per week.
Every prison has a Chaplaincy department managed by a Co-ordinating Chaplain and supported by admin staff, other Chaplains and ‘Sessional Chaplains’ (faith leaders who visit for specific services or sessions). The Chaplaincy is considered an important part of the prison structure. When a prisoner arrives at a prison they are usually seen by a Chaplain within 24 hours and are invited to register as a specific religion (if they haven’t already done so) and can change their declared religion at any time.
Full-time Anglican, Catholic and Muslim Chaplains, Part time Free Church Chaplain.
Facilities for; Hindu, Jehovah Witness, Mormon, Pagan, Sikh
The prison can provide facilities for people of all faiths.
NHS Healthcare Information for Belmarsh
Healthcare provision in public prisons has transferred to NHS England who will commission ‘Offender Health Services’. This means that the method of complaint has changed. Inside Time have published a factsheet explaining the new process for making a complaint about healthcare in public prisons.
Prisoners should still follow the internal complaints procedure before making an official complaint to NHS England. The PALS system will no longer operate.
Click Here to download our Factsheet
OFSTED NUMBER: 52249
Last Inspection Date: 28/07/2011
Employment and workshops include;
Various PE/Gym/Sports qualifications
Outside companies with contract to Prison Industries workshop (2009-2010)
Crofton Ltd - Printing work
Learning aims recorded for Skills Funding Agency OLASS
Adult Literacy (Entry 1, 2 and 3)
Certificate for IT Users (CLAiT Plus)
Certificate for IT Users (New CLAiT)
Functional Skills English (QCF)
Functional Skills Mathematics (QCF)
Health and Safety at Work
ICT Skills for Life
Key Skills in Application of Number - level 3
Key Skills in Communication - level 1
Key Skills in Communication - level 2
Non-externally certificated - Level 1, Arts, Media and Publishing (SSA 9), PW A
Non-externally certificated - Level 1, Business, Administration and Law (SSA 15), PW A
Non-externally certificated - Level 1, Health, Public Services and Care (SSA 1), PW A
Non-externally certificated - Level 1, Preparation for Life and Work (SSA 14), PW A
Non-externally certificated - Level 2, Leisure, Travel and Tourism (SSA 8), PW A
Non-externally-certificated non-FE other provision, Foundations for Learning and Life SSA (14.1)
Non-externally-certificated non-FE other provision, Performing Arts SSA (09.1)
NQF - Entry Level, Health, Public Services and Care (SSA 1), PW A
NQF - Level 1, Health, Public Services and Care (SSA 1), PW A
NQF - Level 1, Health, Public Services and Care (SSA 1), PW B
NQF - Level 3, Business, Administration and Law (SSA 15), PW A
OCN Entry Level, PW A, Preparation for Life and Work (SSA 14)
OCN Entry Level, PW B, Arts, Media and Publishing (SSA 9)
OCN Entry Level, PW B, Health, Public Services and Care (SSA 1)
OCN Entry Level, PW C, Arts, Media and Publishing (SSA 9)
OCN Level 1, PW A, Business, Administration and Law (SSA 15)
OCN Level 1, PW A, Preparation for Life and Work (SSA 14)
OCN Level 1, PW B, Preparation for Life and Work (SSA 14)
OCN Level 1, PW C, Arts, Media and Publishing (SSA 9)
OCN Level 1, PW C, Information and Communication Technology (SSA 6)
OCN Level 2, PW A, Business, Administration and Law (SSA 15)
OCN Level 2, PW A, Preparation for Life and Work (SSA 14)
OCN Level 2, PW B, Preparation for Life and Work (SSA 14)
OCN Level 2, PW C, Arts, Media and Publishing (SSA 9)
OCN Level 3, PW A, Preparation for Life and Work (SSA 14)
OCN Level 3, PW C, Arts, Media and Publishing (SSA 9)
QCF provision - Level 1, Information and Communication Technology (SSA 6), PW A
QCF provision - Level 1, Preparation for Life and Work (SSA 14), PW A
QCF provision - Level 2, Information and Communication Technology (SSA 6), PW B
Supervising Staff Safely
Unit Award Scheme (see also individual Unit titles)
Unitisation (approved external qualification) Entry Level, Preparation for Life and Work (SSA 14) - ESOL
Unitisation (approved external qualification) Entry Level, Preparation for Life and Work (SSA 14) - Literacy
Unitisation (approved external qualification) Entry Level, Preparation for Life and Work (SSA 14) - Numeracy
Unitisation (approved external qualification) Level 1, Preparation for Life and Work (SSA 14) - ESOL
Unitisation (approved external qualification) Level 1, Preparation for Life and Work (SSA 14) - Literacy
Unitisation (approved external qualification) Level 1, Preparation for Life and Work (SSA 14) - Numeracy
Unitisation (approved external qualification) Level 2, Preparation for Life and Work (SSA 14) - ESOL
Unitisation (approved external qualification) Level 2, Preparation for Life and Work (SSA 14) - Literacy
What is Enterprise?
Employed: £1.50 per session
OFFENCE FOCUSED COURSES
Short term prisoners are offered help to resettle effectively by a range of voluntary and statutory agencies including Department of Works and Pensions seconded staff, C.R.I. who offer a housing advice service and officers trained by NACRO providing advice on housing related issues.
Family Days Available
Guardian Has To Stay
|Up to 16 years|
No of Visitors Permitted
|4 adults and 6 children|
*The annual budget allocated to the governor covers all major costs of running the prison but excludes most costs related to education and healthcare.
You can contact the local authority on matters such as libraries, environmental health, trading standards, food hygiene, social services, education and electoral registration.
Trading Standards can help with problems with purchases such as weights and measures, ‘best by’ dates, pricing & faulty goods.
Story Book Dads/Mums
Prison Video Link (PVL)
If court hearings are not taking place it may be possible for solicitors, barristers and Probation Officers to hold interviews with a prisoner via video link to save having to visit the prison.
The facility is also available to assist the Parole Board in dealing with oral hearings.
It should be noted however that court hearings must take priority. At other times, operational reasons may mean bookings are refused or cancelled at short notice.
To book the Video Link facility telephone: 020 8331 4400 ext 4612
Monitoring and Inspection
Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Prisons (HMIP) regularly inspects prisons and produces a report of their inspection with recommendations for improvements.
Click Here to download a guide to inspections
Click Here to visit our Library Section where you can download the latest inspection reports for all prisons
Independent Monitoring Board
Each prison has an Independent Monitoring Board made up of local people who visit the prison regularly to check on the treatment of prisoners. They produce an Annual Report.
Click Here to visit our Library Section where you can download current and earlier IMB annual reports
Click Here to download the IMB’s information leaflet; explaining who they are and what they do.
OFSTED, who check on teaching standards in schools also visit prisons and publish a report of their findings.
Click Here to visit our Library Section where you can download OFSTED reports for all prisons
Monitoring & Inspection
Our on-line Library has a special section containing information, reports and publications about the monitoring of prisons and related services.
Click Here to visit the ‘Monitoring and Inspection’ section of our on-line Library
Information in this section has been kindly provided by the individual prison and the Ministry of Justice. This is supplemented with information from various government websites, Inspectorates and IMB reports and specialist departments within the Prison Service, government, and regional assemblies/parliaments.
Some of the data is published retrospectively: IMBs/Visiting Committees publish their reports up to 6 months after the end of the reporting period and at different times throughout the year, HMCIP publish their reports up to 6 months after the inspection. Population and performance figures are the latest published but can be considerably out of date.
Please Note: Information is constantly changing: The information on our website is regularly checked but if you have additional information, or if you believe that any of our information is incorrect or any links appear to fail please click on ‘Contact’, below.
Before acting upon any information you are advised to contact the prison directly to ensure there have been no recent changes.
Last Update: June 2013
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Police visit National Prison Radio
Parole Board Update
The right to work
Month by Month - October 2014
Inside without Faith
Justice Select Committee
The longest Journey
Our own version of Islam is being blocked, fettered and stonewalled
For the love of cooking
Prison compensation unfair?
The Merchant of Venice
Raising learners voices
Ryan’s Prehistoric Pet
From over the wall
Appeals against conviction - conduct of trial lawyers
The absurdity of the Absconders Policy
Finding your voice in the recall process
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