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|Male Cat. C|
|Single and double|
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Chair: Susan Jackson
Vice Chair: Rita Trotman
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Channings Wood is a male Category ‘C’ training prison, which was built on the site of a Ministry of Defence base and opened in July 1974. Further accommodation was added in 1991 and 2004. A new 64 bed unit was opened in 2007; this houses the specialist Therapeutic Community (TC) which tackles drug misuse issues. Two of the residential living blocks make up the Vulnerable Prisoners Unit (VPU) which specialises in delivering the Sex Offender Treatment Programme (SOTP).
It was built on the site of a Ministry of Defence base by a combination of contract and prison labour. Work commenced in 1973 and the prison officially opened in July 1974. Further accommodation was added in 1991 and 2004. A new 64 bed unit was opened in 2007; this houses the specialist Therapeutic Community (TC) which tackles drug misuse issues.
Accommodation is split into three separated areas: the Main Wings, the Vulnerable Prisoner Unit (VPU), and the Drug Therapeutic Community (TC). Within the main area two of the living blocks accommodate enhanced status prisoners.
Drug Therapeutic Unit
Mon: 08:00 - 12;30, 13:45 - 17:00 & 17:30 - 19:30
Mon: 11:00 - 12:20 & 18:00 - 19:15
HEALTH & SPORTS
The gymnasium comprises a weights/fitness suite, sports hall and sports field. Channings Wood has competitive football, rugby and volleyball teams that play in local leagues. Involvement in certain gym activities may be dependent on employment status and privilege level.
Sports available include
(Note: *These are only available on the VPU)
The IMB say; "This is a well managed, popular and well equipped facility with high levels of enthusiasm and commitment from staff. All prisoners in work are entitled to 3-6 sessions per week depending on their workplace, eg remedial 3 sessions, shops 6 sessions. Additional recreation time can be spent on outdoor sports. Those without a job are only entitled to evening and weekend sessions. The Board has heard of only a very small number of cancelled gym sessions this year. Four courses for gym/sport instructors are available to candidates. Certified dietary and nutrition courses are also available. The Board was saddened that the prison football team had lost their place in the local league because of its inability to play away matches and the fact that visiting
Every day, depending upon 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.
Full-time Co-ordinating Chaplain (Anglican), Part-time Anglican Chaplain
Sessional Chaplains; Buddhist, Catholic, Free Church, Hindu, Jehova's Witness, Jewish, Mormon, Pagan, Pentecostal, Salvation Army
Russian and Greek Othodox priests also available
The Chaplaincy is awaiting the appointment of a Muslim Chaplain
The chapel and multi-faith room are available, and appropriate services and meetings are arranged for all major religions. Evening and weekend groups and Bible studies also take place. Individual faiths may be catered for by consultation with the Chaplaincy team.
The IMB say; "There is a range of faiths recognised and respected at the prison and the chaplaincy team are to be congratulated on their commitment to serving the needs of prisoners and staff. A warm welcome is offered to all, regardless of beliefs, and access to religious leaders is made easy for prisoners. Pamphlets offering a range of worship meetings, prayer times, meditation and support groups ranging from Alpha Courses to Beyond the Gate and Perspectives are easily accessible. Numbers at services fluctuate. The continuing absence of an Imam is a problem especially in view of security concerns about the behaviour of some younger Moslem prisoners. In the interim, a prisoner is taking prayers on a weekly basis and an Imam is brought in for such occasions as Eid. It is hoped that efforts to appoint a replacement Imam are successful very soon. Overall Special dietary requirements are met for the various faiths. It remains a challenge for the prison management to accommodate the demands of minority groups whilst retaining vigilance regarding issues of security and fairness."
Type 3 Healthcare, (no in-patient facilities).
Dentist: 1 1/2 days a week
NHS Healthcare Information for Channings Wood
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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Last inspection: 02/07/2007
Summary of grades awarded
Effectiveness of provision: 2
Note: Employment may be subject to location (VP/Main)
Vocational training includes;
Learning aims recorded for Skills Funding Agency OLASS
Advanced National Horticulture
Business Enterprise (QCF)
Certificate for Domestic Electrical Installers
Certificate for IT Users (CLAiT Plus)
Certificate for IT users (ECDL Part 2)
Certificate for IT Users (New CLAiT)
Certificate of Competence in Brushcutting Operations
Certificate of Competence in the Safe Use of Mowers
Developing Personal Development Skills
Diagnostic Test in ESOL, 3 glh
Diagnostic Test in Literacy, 3 glh
Diagnostic Test in Numeracy, 3 glh
Diploma in Painting and Decorating (QCF)
Diploma in Practical Horticulture Skills (QCF)
Diploma in Requirements for Electrical Installations (BS 7671: January 2008)
Food Safety in Catering (QCF)
Forklift Truck Training
Functional Skills English (QCF)
Functional Skills Mathematics (QCF)
Hard Landscaping (QCF)
Health and Safety in the Workplace
ICT Skills for Life
Key Skills in Communication - level 2
Key Skills in Improving Own Learning and Performance
Key Skills in Problem Solving
Key Skills in Working with Others
Non-externally certificated - Entry Level, Arts, Media and Publishing (SSA 9), PW A
Non-externally certificated - Entry Level, Preparation for Life and Work (SSA 14), PW A
NVQ in Barbering
NVQ in Hospitality
OCN Level 1, PW A, Preparation for Life and Work (SSA 14)
Personal Budgeting and Money Management
Practical Horticulture Skills (QCF)
Principles of Manual Handling
Problem Solving in the Workplace
Speaking and Listening Skills for Adult Learners
Understanding Aspects of Citizenship
Understanding Diversity within Society
Understanding Nutrition, Performance and Healthy Eating
Using Teamwork Skills
Vocational study not leading to a recognised qualification, Preparation for Life and Work (SSA 14)
Employed: £7.00 - £25.00
OFFENCE FOCUSED COURSES
The establishment has close links with a number of voluntary and statutory sector organisations providing resettlement services to prisoners. Appropriate activities are provided to help prisoners prepare for release into the community with the goal of reducing reoffending.
Family Days Available
Guardian Has To Stay
No of Visitors Permitted
The parent-child bond can be hard to maintain when an offender is in prison, but Play in Prisons is a project producing positive results at the Service's three Devon establishments.
(Prison Service Magazine - Feb 2009)
*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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