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Governor / Director
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First Night Centre
Chair: Graham Stoate
Vice Chair: Jacqueline Sharpe
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|HMP DARTMOOR Visitor Info|
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Online Library documents for HMP DARTMOOR
Dartmoor is a Category ‘C’ training prison for adult male prisoners. It has 6 wings including two for vulnerable prisoners and one designated for resettlement. The prison has a poor image and has, until recently, attracted adverse comments from prison inspectors but they say it is a safer prison now. There are accessibility problems around the prison for men with disabilities.
The prison lies on the western edge of Dartmoor National Park. The buildings and around 50 acres of land are leased from the Duchy of Cornwall.
Built in 1809 Dartmoor prison held French and American prisoners of war. It became a criminal prison from 1850. Most of the buildings date from the late 19th century but 3 wings have recently been fully refurbished. Integral sanitation in all but one wing, and a new kitchen has been built.
Category C Trainer, Adult. Type 2 Healthcare.
The Vulnerable Prisoner Unit
Mon: 08:15 - 12:30, 13:30 - 17:00 and 17:30 - 20:00
Mon: 17:30 - 20:00
HEALTH & SPORTS
Sports available include;
Library services are provided by Devon County Council.
There are Library sessions 7 days 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.
Dartmoor has a full-time Anglican Chaplain and Catholic Chaplain, with a part-time Free Church Chaplain and visiting Muslim Chaplain. There is also a Sikh visitor.
Facilities exist for any other faith group including; Mormon, Pagan, Hindu and Jehovah Witness.
The IMB say; "The Chapel is large and used for music, drama groups and meetings as well as Christian services. The Multi-faith room, by contrast, is small and dingy."
NHS Healthcare Information for Dartmoor
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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Scope of the inspection
Summary of grades awarded
Effectiveness of provision: 3
Desk Top Publishing
Employment is supported with NVQ or City & Guilds vocational qualifications.
An outstation of Strode College; Dartmoor are also partners of Duchy College to offer outstanding learning opportunities.
The Story Book Dads editing suite employs three learners working towards an Open College Network qualification at level 2 in sound and audio production.
Learning aims recorded for Skills Funding Agency OLASS
Award for Progression
Basic Construction Skills
Business Enterprise (QCF)
Certificate for Domestic Electrical Installers
Certificate for IT Users (CLAiT Advanced)
Certificate for IT Users (CLAiT Plus)
Certificate for IT Users (New CLAiT)
Certificate for Progression
Certificate of Competence in the Safe Use of Mowers
Certificate of Competence in the Safe Use of Turf Maintenance Equipment
Diagnostic Test in Literacy, 3 glh
Diagnostic Test in Numeracy, 3 glh
Diploma in Bench Joinery (QCF)
Diploma in Bricklaying (QCF)
Diploma in Painting and Decorating (QCF)
Diploma in Plastering (QCF)
Diploma in Requirements for Electrical Installations (BS 7671: January 2008)
Dry Stone Walling
ESOL Skills for Life (Entry 1)
Food Safety in Catering (QCF)
Free-Standing Mathematics Qualification: Foundations of Advanced Mathematics
Functional Skills English (QCF)
Functional Skills Mathematics (QCF)
Health and Safety in the Workplace
ICT Skills for Life
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 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 Starting a New Business Enterprise
OCN Entry Level, PW A, Preparation for Life and Work (SSA 14)
OCN Level 1, PW A, Arts, Media and Publishing (SSA 9)
OCN Level 1, PW A, Preparation for Life and Work (SSA 14)
OCN Level 2, PW A, Arts, Media and Publishing (SSA 9)
OCN Level 2, PW A, Preparation for Life and Work (SSA 14)
OCN Level 3, PW A, Arts, Media and Publishing (SSA 9)
OCN Level 3, PW A, Preparation for Life and Work (SSA 14)
Personal Career Planning
Principles of Manual Handling
Speaking and Listening Skills for Adult Learners
Understanding Nutrition, Performance and Healthy Eating
Using ICT (Entry 3) (QCF)
Vocational study not leading to a recognised qualification, Preparation for Life and Work (SSA 14)
Employed: £7.00 - £9.25
OFFENCE FOCUSED COURSES
Uniquely for a closed category C prison, HMP Dartmoor also has a stage 1 and 2 Resettlement unit that facilitates external projects and progress to other stage 2 units such as HMP Leyhill. Resettlement is emphasised across a wide range of initiatives including Prison Service Plus, which addresses issues such as housing, employment and education. They work closely with PACT, JobCentre Plus, Connexions and many other statutory and voluntary organisations.
Family Days Available
Guardian Has To Stay
|No age limits|
No of Visitors Permitted
|3 adults plus any children that meet the criteria|
Family ties are supported through the Story Book Dads project as well as enhanced family visits which offer prolonged relaxed and enjoyable visits each month that do more to repay the inconvenience and expense of travelling to this location.
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.
*The annual budget allocated to the governor covers all major costs of running the prison but excludes most costs related to education and healthcare.
West Devon Borough Council,
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EMAIL A PRISONER
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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