|Buckley Hall Road Rochdale OL12 9DP|
Governor / Director
|Male Cat. C|
|Single & double|
First Night Centre
Chair: Kevin McKeogh
Vice Chair: Iain Carson
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A category ‘C’ training prison holding adult male prisoners. It has four residential house blocks including a new block which has cells with their own toilet and shower. A new multi-faith building opened in 2011. It was managed by G4S but the contract was won back by the Prison Service five years later.
Buckley Hall was, at its reopening, the fourth contracted out prison in the UK, and the first privately managed Cat C establishment holding medium security prisoners. Group 4 Prison Services operated it but after a tendering process in June 2000 the establishment reverted to Prison Service control. The establishment is managed under a Service Level Agreement monitored by the Compliance Monitor, reporting to the Regional Offender Manager, CCU and the Area Manager. In November 2001 it was announced that the prison would re-role to a closed female training prison. The first female prisoners arrived in April 2002. As a result of population pressures in the male estate, it was decided to re-role the establishment back to a male category C prison in September 2005. The male prisoners began arriving on December 5th 2005.
3 units (2 of 132, 1 of 121) Care and Separation Unit for 10. No VPU. There is full integral sanitation,
Mon: 08:15 - 12:15, 13:35 - 17:15 & 18:00 - 19:45
Mon: 18:00 - 19:45
HEALTH & SPORTS
At HMP Buckley Hall there is a very active PE Department offering a wide range of sporting and physical training activities. Prisoners interested in participating in any of the activities provided must attend a Gym induction session that includes:
The establishment doctor must medically fit all prisoners attending the gym.The Healthcare staff will advise the PE staff as to the individuals grading and requirements.
The current programme consists of the following activities:
All Year Sports and Activities
Communication and application of number can be improved through sporting activities with the assistance of the education Department staff, enabling prisoners to gain basic and key skills accreditation.
Physical Education Programme
Once a 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.
Buckley Hall has a diverse chaplaincy team with one full time Chaplain and part-time Roman Catholic, Anglican, Buddhist, Free Church, and Muslim Chaplains.
Visiting ministers of other faiths/denominations as required.
One to one counselling by qualified staff.
Faith Specific groups as required.
The Healthcare services available for prisoners are:
NHS Healthcare Information for Buckley Hall
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.
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Education is open all year round apart from bank holidays.
An extensive Vocational Training programme is offered including kitchen & Bathroom fitting, Industrial Cleaning, Groundwork, Painting & Decorating, Barbering and Site Carpentry. 290 part time places are on offer along with a number of full time courses, including ICT (up to Level 3), art (to A-Level standard), ESOL and Skills for Life.
A Business Ventures course is also on offer and prisoners completing this course also produce the quarterly prison magazine.
Every second Saturday a Family Learning event is held to encourage prisoners to rebuild relationships with their children.
The education department is sited in the purpose built Learning and Skills centre and has approximately 56 places for students each AM and PM period. These places are offered on a Full or part time basis. Education is provided for 4.5 days each week and the centre is open for 50 weeks a year.
Additionally there is an outreach provision that provides literacy and numeracy support in the workshops and other work areas and distance learning is provided for those who prefer in-cell work rather than formal education.
Education is provided for vulnerable prisoners. This is mainly literacy and numeracy support but a selection of other subjects is available via the distance learning provision.
Peripatetic support is offered to learners located in the Healthcare and Segregation Units.
In addition to existing opportunities in Education, Library, PE Department, workshops and work areas, several projects are offered.
Toe-by-Toe - a mentoring scheme where one person teaches another to read using a specially designed book.
Story Book Dads– Fathers reading project for prisoners with children under 12 years old. Prisoners are given the opportunity to send books home and record stories onto tape for their children. An additional family visit is also available subject to Security assessments.
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Scope of the inspection
Last inspection: 30/04/2007
Summary of grades awarded
Effectiveness of provision: Grade 3
Provide a realistic working environment incorporating a range of employment and training in modern fully equipped workshops. Currently available are Contract Service Workshops assembling and packaging a range of products for local companies. They also offer vocational qualifications through Manchester City College in Industrial Cleaning, Painting and Decorating, Multi-Skills, Groundworks and Site Carpentry/Dry Lining. There are also internal contracts manufacturing aluminium windows and packing beverage packs.
Only candidates on the Enhanced level of the IEP scheme, who have excellent personal hygiene and signed up to the VTU system are allocated to work in this area.
Prior to allocation to this party all successful applicants are required to be medically fitted by Health Care.
Hours of work vary with each different role and in some roles it may be necessary to work evenings and / or weekends, for example in the Library post.
Prisoners will be on the enhanced level of the IEP scheme. Priority will be given to prisoners with BICs accreditation. Some knowledge or a general interest is advisable in most roles.
CONTRACT SERVICE WORKSHOP
This workshop has up to 13 full or part time places.
Current contracts include the assembly of bulk head light fittings and the assembly of “screw packs” for the DIY trade.
All prisoners can earn up to £15.00 per week when weekly targets are met.
The workshop allows prisoners to gain a qualification at NVQ Level 1 + 2 in Performing Manufacturing Operations. Education provide outreach support in the workshop and are working towards embedding skills for life, key skills and wider key skills for when the workshop qualifications come on line.
Prisoners on all levels of the IEP scheme are eligible for this workshop. Willingness to work, a sense of humour and the ability to work as part of a team are requirements of this workshop.
Prisoners on the standard and enhanced levels of the IEP scheme are eligible for this work. All applicants applying for these posts will be expected to either hold or be willing to undertake training in the following: BICS cleaning certificate, Basic Health and Hygiene and Basic Food Handling Certificates.
PAINTING & DECORATING WORKSHOP
This workshop employs 12 full time prisoners. Prisoners are able to gain qualifications at Level 1 or 2. The course lasts for 16 weeks.
MULTI SKILLS WORKSHOP
GYM C.S.L.A. COURSE
BEVERAGE PACKING -WORKSHOP 6
The work in workshop 6 consists of Beverage Packing. Once the beverage packs are completed they are delivered to our Kitchen and the main distribution centre. All prisoners can earn up to £15.00 per week when weekly targets are met.
Workshop 6 can employ up to 17 prisoners.
Prisoners are given an opportunity to gain an NVQ Level II in Packing Operations.
Monday to Thursday 08.45 – 11.45 and 13.45 – 16.45 hours
It employs eight full time prisoners and the hours of work are Monday to Thursday 08.45 – 11.45 and 13.30 – 16.45 and Friday 08.45 to 11.45 hours.
ALUMINIUM WINDOW WORKSHOP
This workshop employs up to 22 prisoners on a full time basis. They produce Glass Supporting Fabrications and will be able to gain a NVQ Level 2 in Window Fabrication. All prisoners are supervised and trained by Instructional Officers. Prisoners on all levels of the IEP system are eligible for this area of work and they must be willing to work hard.
SITE CARPENTRY/DRY LINING
A Diploma in Site Carpentry at Level 2 and 3 can be gained on successful completion of this course.
This workshop is for those who wish to be trained in all aspects of groundwork.
Prisoners should be aware that this course involves working outside in all weathers. It is a full time course for 20 prisoners and lasts for 26 weeks. Training is given by a qualified instructor.
Learners will need to be a minimum of Level 1 in both Literacy and Numeracy. Candidates will be prioritised according to the length of sentence remaining in order to maximise employment chances.
A Diploma in General Construction at Level 2/3 can be gained on successful completion of this course.
Outside companies with contract to Prison Industries workshop (2009-2010)
BCB International Ltd - Assembly of electrical components
Learning aims recorded for Skills Funding Agency OLASS
Art and Design
Basic Construction Skills
Certificate for IT Users (New CLAiT)
Cleaning Operators' Proficiency Certificate
Diploma in Carpentry and Joinery (QCF)
Diploma in Construction Operations - General Construction (QCF)
Diploma in Painting and Decorating (QCF)
Diploma in Site Carpentry (QCF)
ESOL Skills for Life (Entry 1)
ESOL Skills for Life (Entry 3)
Introductory Basic Construction Skills
Key Skills in Application of Number - level 1
Key Skills in Application of Number - level 2
Key Skills in Communication - level 1
Key Skills in Communication - level 2
Key Skills in Communication - level 3
Key Skills in Working with Others
NQF - Level 1, Arts, Media and Publishing (SSA 9), PW C
NQF - Level 1, Information and Communication Technology (SSA 6), PW A
NQF - Level 1, Information and Communication Technology (SSA 6), PW B
NQF - Level 2, Business, Administration and Law (SSA 15), PW A
NQF - Level 2, Information and Communication Technology (SSA 6), PW B
NQF - Level 3, Business, Administration and Law (SSA 15), PW A
NQF - Level 3, Information and Communication Technology (SSA 6), PW B
NVQ in Professional Cookery
OCN Level 1, PW A, Preparation for Life and Work (SSA 14)
Practical skills/crafts, Preparation for Life and Work (SSA 14)
QCF provision - Level 2, Construction, Planning and the Built Environment (SSA 5), PW C
Employed: Maximum £15.00
OFFENCE FOCUSED COURSES
*The annual budget allocated to the governor covers all major costs of running the prison but excludes most costs related to education and healthcare.
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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.
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Last Update: June 2013
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