|Winson Green Road Birmingham B18 4AS|
|0121 598 8000|
Governor / Director
|Director: Peter Small|
|Single and double|
First Night Centre
Chair: Rodger Lawrence
Vice Chair: Vacant
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Birmingham Is a Cat ‘B’ local prison, now managed by G4S Care & Justice Services (it is the first-ever British public sector prison to be transferred to the private sector), holding adult male remand and convicted prisoners: there are also Category ‘C’ prisoners and a small population of retained category ‘D’ prisoners. It has eleven residential units including one for social care and elderly prisoners. ‘P’ wing is a vulnerable prisoners’ unit.
A Victorian local prison built in 1849; Birmingham serves the Crown Courts of Birmingham, Stafford and Wolverhampton along with the Magistrates’ Courts of Birmingham, Wolverhampton, Sutton Coldfield, Burton Tamworth, Cannock, Walsall, West Bromwich, Mid-Staffordshire and Rugeley.
In 2002 the prison underwent a multi-million pound investment programme. 450 additional prisoner places were added together with new workshops, educational facilities, a new healthcare centre and gymnasium as well as extensions and improvements to existing facilities.
The prison has 10 accommodation units: a mixture of Victorian four-landing wings radiating from a centre point and more recent residential house blocks.
There is no set allocation criteria.
The prison does not have a Lifer Unit.
Mon: 09:00 - 11:00, 14:00 - 16:00 & 17:45 - 19:15
HEALTH & SPORTS
Physical Education is provided on a daily basis over a 7 day period and evenings over 5 days. The PE provided falls into several categories including those with special needs, full/part-time, recreational PE, coached sports and games, healthy living and substance treatment unit.
There are a number of sports delivered and also sports related subjects from basic skills to NVQ Level 2 in Sports and Recreation. The accredited courses are provided at differing levels offering the opportunity for progression and range from personal performance awards to nationally recognised vocational training. The Department has extremely strong links with other regime providers including the Chaplaincy, Healthcare, Resettlement and Education.
Sports available include;
The Prison Library Service is provided by Birmingham Libraries. All prisoners have weekly timetabled access to the Library and sessions last for 45 minutes. There is an extensive legal collection and facilities for independent learners. The stock is wide-ranging with special collections of employment, health, community information, ESOL (English Speakers of other Languages) and basic skills materials. There is also a Learning Centre within the Library to provide additional learning support with dyslexia, ESOL and various courses.
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.
There are 5 full-time Chaplains (Roman Catholic, Church of England, Free Church and Muslim). There are also part-time staff including Sikh, Buddhist and Hindu.
Birmingham has a very diverse Chaplaincy Team offering a wide range of pastoral care/support to prisoners and staff.
There is provision for Christians. Buddhist meetings once a week. Hindus meeting fortnightly. Muslim prayers weekly and Sikh service weekly.
The Chaplaincy Team also deliver the Sycamore Tree Project which is a victim awareness course.
NHS Healthcare Information for Birmingham
Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS)
The Information, Advice & Guidance Team conduct basic skills assessment and an induction programme for new prisoners to identify any educational needs. They also provide advice and support to prisoners relating to education and training needs both within custody and on release.
Click Here for further information on how inspection judgements are made.
Last inspection: 23/02/2007
Summary of grades awarded
Achievement and standards and the quality of provision: 3
The training is varied and includes construction courses in bricklaying, plumbing, painting and decorating, carpentry and joinery and multi-skills. Other vocational training and work opportunities available include forklift truck training, industrial cleaning, NVQ Catering, textiles and contract services.
Single Portion Packing
Qualifications and training include;
Learning aims recorded for Skills Funding Agency OLASS
Art and Design
Basic Literacy Course, Level 2
Basic Numeracy Course, Level 2
Certificate for IT Users (ECDL Part 1)
Forklift Truck Training
Functional Skills English (QCF)
Functional Skills Mathematics (QCF)
Health and Safety in the Workplace
Key Skills in Application of Number - level 1
Key Skills in Application of Number - level 2
Key Skills in Communication - level 1
National Introduction to Self Employment
National Skills for Self Employment
National Success in Self Employment
Non-externally certificated - Entry Level, Preparation for Life and Work (SSA 14), PW A
NQF - Level 1, Arts, Media and Publishing (SSA 9), PW C
NQF - Level 1, Business, Administration and Law (SSA 15), PW A
NQF - Level 1, Health, Public Services and Care (SSA 1), PW B
NQF - Level 1, Information and Communication Technology (SSA 6), PW A
NQF - Level 1, Preparation for Life and Work (SSA 14), PW A
NQF - Level 2, Arts, Media and Publishing (SSA 9), PW C
NQF - Level 2, Information and Communication Technology (SSA 6), PW B
NQF - Level 2, Preparation for Life and Work (SSA 14), PW A
NQF - Level 2, Retail and Commercial Enterprise (SSA 7), PW A
NQF - Level 2, Retail and Commercial Enterprise (SSA 7), PW C
NQF - Level 3, Arts, Media and Publishing (SSA 9), PW C
NVQ Diploma in Barbering (QCF)
NVQ in Performing Manufacturing Operations
Practical skills/crafts, Preparation for Life and Work (SSA 14)
Principles of Manual Handling
QCF provision - Entry Level, Arts, Media and Publishing (SSA 9), PW B
QCF provision - Entry Level, Health, Public Services and Care (SSA 1), PW B
QCF provision - Entry Level, Preparation for Life and Work (SSA 14), PW A
QCF provision - Level 1, Arts, Media and Publishing (SSA 9), PW B
QCF provision - Level 1, Health, Public Services and Care (SSA 1), PW A
QCF provision - Level 1, Preparation for Life and Work (SSA 14), PW A
QCF provision - Level 2, Arts, Media and Publishing (SSA 9), PW B
QCF provision - Level 2, Arts, Media and Publishing (SSA 9), PW C
QCF provision - Level 2, Preparation for Life and Work (SSA 14), PW A
Unitisation (approved external qualification) Entry Level, Preparation for Life and Work (SSA 14) - ESOL
Employed: From 70p - £2 per session
OFFENCE FOCUSED COURSES
Birmingham has an active Resettlement Unit which concentrates on housing, benefits and employment issues, using extensive links with the outside community. The Resettlement and Information, Advice & Guidance Teams deliver a Basic Employability Course which provides support and guidance to secure employment and training on release. The Resettlement Team are also supported by staff from Job Centre Plus and Citizens Advice Bureau.
Family Days Available
Guardian Has To Stay
|Up to 18|
No of Visitors Permitted
*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.
Any mone y sent which is deemed to be ‘anonymous’ can be stopped.
EMAIL A PRISONER
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: 0121 345 2500 ext 2464
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.
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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.
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Monitoring & Inspection
Our on-line Library has a special section containing information, reports and publications about the monitoring of prisons and related services.
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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.
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