|Lakeside Rise (off Hall Road) Blundeston Lowestoft NR32 5BG|
Governor / Director
|Male Cat. C|
|East of England|
|388 Single cells, 12 Double cells and 24 Multiple (4) occupancy cells|
First Night Centre
Chair: Kathleen Comyn
Vice Chair: Constance Davis
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|HMP BLUNDESTON Visitor Info|
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Blundeston is a male category ‘C’ training prison providing a therapeutic community, an assessment unit, skills training and education, and accredited offending behaviour courses. The average age (30) and sentence length (mostly over four years) of the population is higher than in most category ‘C’ prisons. Four of its wings (290 prisoners) have no in-cell sanitation and rely on ‘Night-San’.
It has been announced that Blundeston is to close by the end of 2013
Blundeston provides a therapeutic community, an assessment unit, skills training and education, and accredited offending behaviour courses.
The prison was built and opened in 1963 with four single cell wings for 288 prisoners. In 1975 two multi-cell wings (F and G) were added bringing the CNA to 408.
Old hospital cells were reclaimed as an induction unit and a new 40 space unit built which houses the Therapeutic Community.
In 2008 a new 60 space unit was built as part of the Capacity Build Project, which currently houses indeterminate sentence prisoners and enhanced.
HEALTH & SPORTS
Sports available include;
During the working week according to activity.
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 is a full-time Anglican Chaplain and part-time Muslim Chaplain plus a visiting Catholic Chaplain and Jewish Faith Minister.
Facilities exist for other faiths including Buddhist, Hindu, Jehovah Witness, Mormon, Pagan, Pentecostal, Sikh
The Healthcare Centre at HM Prison Blundeston is Type 1 (HCC access between 08:00 and 17:00); and is provided by Oxfordshire PCT.
Dentist: Two full days a week
The Ipswich Hospital
NHS Healthcare Information for Blundeston
Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS)
OFSTED inspect education establishments from schools to colleges to prisons. They inspect education facilities within prisons and have inspected Blundeston.
OFSTED NUMBER: 52253
To read their latest report click here
The following accredited qualifications are available;
And, the following non QCA recognised programmes:
Learning aims recorded for Skills Funding Agency OLASS
Art and Design
Award for Progression (Entry 3)
Basic Construction Skills
Certificate for iMedia Users
Certificate for IT Users (CLAiT Advanced)
Certificate for IT Users (CLAiT Plus)
Certificate for IT Users (New CLAiT)
Diploma for IT Users (CLAiT Plus)
Diploma for IT Users (New CLAiT)
ESOL Skills for Life (Entry 1)
ESOL Skills for Life (Entry 2)
ESOL Skills for Life (Entry 3)
ESOL Skills for Life (Speaking and Listening)
ESOL Skills for Life (Speaking and Listening) (Entry 3)
Introduction to Computing (Entry Level)
Introduction to Using ICT Systems (Entry 3)
IT User Skills (ITQ) (QCF)
IT User Skills (ITQ) (QCF)
Key Skills in Application of Number - level 1
Key Skills in Application of Number - level 2
Key Skills in Communication - level 2
Key Skills in Communication - level 3
Key Skills in Information and Communication Technology - Level 2
Key Skills in Information and Communication Technology - Level 3
Key Skills in Working with Others
OCN Entry Level, PW A, Information and Communication Technology (SSA 6)
OCN Entry Level, PW A, Preparation for Life and Work (SSA 14)
OCN Level 2, PW A, Preparation for Life and Work (SSA 14)
Preparation for Work
Preparing for a Business Venture
Progression (Entry 3) (QCF)
Employed: £10.80 - £20.00
OFFENCE FOCUSED COURSES
Resettlement services are available through FTC, NACRO and a full time Resettlement officer.
Job club - Job Centre+
Family Days Available
Guardian Has To Stay
|Up to 18|
No of Visitors Permitted
|3 adults plus children who meet the criteria|
*The annual budget allocated to the governor covers all major costs of running the prison but excludes most costs related to education and healthcare.
Waveney District Council
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.
EMAIL A PRISONER
Story Book Dads/Mums
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: October 2013
December 2013 Headlines
Ending violence against women and girls
Too many Category A prisoners
Time to close the digital divide between prisons and community
Prisoners for profit
The doctor will see you now
When the smoke clears
Incentives and Earned Privileges
The case of Stephen Keogh
From over the wall
Wish You Were Here
Month by Month December 2013
Support for people with a learning disability or learning difficulties
The end of justice
Legal aid changes
Avoiding the POCA gravy train
The effect of confiscation orders on categorisation
Murder by more than one
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