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HMP EASTWOOD PARK Prison Regime Info


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01454 382100

Governor / Director

Simon Beecroft


Female Local


South West

Operational Capacity


Cell Occupancy

Single and double

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First Night Centre



Chair: Stephanie Winson
Vice Chair: Fionna Cardale

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Eastwood Park is a female closed local prison. It holds both remand and sentenced prisoners, including young women from 17 years. It has a number of wings including a mother and baby unit for up to 12 mothers. The Mary Carpenter Unit is a separate facility for young women aged 16 and 17. Some shared cells are very small and have unscreened toilets.


HMP/YOI Eastwood Park is situated on the edge of the Cotswolds, on the outskirts of the small village of Falfield, on land that was once part of the Eastwood Park Estate.

It opened as a female prison in March 1996, taking in prisoners from HMP Pucklechurch.

The establishment opened a detoxification (substance misuse) unit in 2003, a mother and baby unit in 2004 and, in October 2005, the Mary Carpenter Unit, which holds girls under 18.


Mary Carpenter Unit

Discrete unit for 17-year old young women. Remanded and sentenced young women are allocated by the Youth Justice Board placements team.


The information on this website refers to the main prison unless indicated otherwise


Residential 1

  • A wing (new adult inductions): capacity 40
  • B wing (substance misuse unit): capacity 43
  • C wing (ordinary adult wing with enhanced prisoners): capacity 37

Residential 2

  • D wing (young adults): capacity 58
  • E wing (adult established prisoners): capacity 98

Residential 3

  • F wing (largely enhanced prisoners): capacity 40
  • G wing (resettlement unit): capacity 18

Residential 4

  • Residential-based interventions unit: 10 spaces

Mother and baby unit

  • Capacity for 12 mothers and their babies (normally up to 18 months old)

Mary Carpenter Unit

  • Capacity for 16 young women (up to 18 years old).
  • The unit has 15 single cells, one of which has been adapted for a young woman with a disability, and one double cell. Living, dining and association areas are on the upper floor. Education, youth offending team, young people’s substance misuse service and administrative areas are on the lower floor.

There is no Segregation/Separation & Care Unit. Those on Good Order or Discipline (GOOD) are located in their cells on the wings.

Reception Criteria
Normal reception arrangements.

The prison accepts all female prisoners in its catchment area.

The regime at Eastwood Park is very diverse and includes a wide variety of employment including Housing, Gym, Education and Interventions orderlies, purposeful activity on wings and a comprehensive PE programme including early morning walking club and social evenings.

An Education department which offers Basic Skills, wider Key Skills, IT, Cookery, Diversity, Salon Services, Manicure, Preparation for Work, Drug and Alcohol Awareness and Industrial Cleaning.

There is a comprehensive Information, Advice and Guidance Service through Education and a Reducing Re-offending resource, both referring and signposting prisoners to internal and external departments/ agencies focusing on Children and Families, Accommodation, Finance, Drugs and Alcohol, Health, Employment, Training and Education.

There are over thirty voluntary and community organisations visiting the establishment offering support services to the women. In addition Resettlement Fayres are held every 6 weeks which are an excellent opportunity for the women to access the services available to them.

The Mary Carpenter Unit

The Mary Carpenter Unit is a 16 bed unit for 17 year old remanded and sentenced young women, located in the grounds of Eastwood Park women’s prison in Gloucestershire. The unit is one of four dedicated units around the country commissioned by the Youth Justice Board to house young women. It opened in October 2005.

The IMB say, "This unit, built recently to house young women under the age of 18 years and funded by the YJB, recently received an excellent report from HMCIP which is certainly an acknowledgement of the efforts and dedication of very hard-working staff who manage some extremely difficult / demanding and very needy young women. MCU is very successful and is the preferred unit to care for young women but there continues to be a concern with regards the dislocation of prisoners from their home and the logistics of arranging visits."

Mother and Baby Unit
The IMB say, "This is an excellent unit with dedicated caring and highly competent officers, nursery nurses and nursery managers. Results of a recent OFSTED inspection were excellent – the unit received 3 “outstanding” grades and 2 “good” grades. At present the mothers are more involved and more interested with the running of the nursery which is pleasing to note because  ... regular talks are arranged for the mothers on the unit which include speech therapy, baby massage, food hygiene and basic cooking skills and meningitis awareness."


  • Hobbies kits
  • In-cell power
  • Own bedding
  • Own clothes (all)
  • Television (£1 per week)



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Mon: 08:00 - 12:30, 14:00 - 17:15 & 18:00 - 20:00
Tue: 08:00 - 12:30, 14:00 - 17:15 & 18:00 - 20:00
Wed: 08:00 - 12:30, 14:00 - 17:15 & 18:00 - 20:00
Thu: 08:00 - 12:30, 14:00 - 17:15 & 18:00 - 20:00
Fri: 08:00 - 12:30, 13:45 - 16:00 & 16:30 - 17:15
Sat: 08:45 - 12:30, 13:45 - 16:00 & 16:30 - 17:15
Sun: 08:45 - 12:30, 13:45 - 16:00 & 16:30 - 17:15


Mon: 18:45 - 20:00
Tue: 18:45 - 20:00
Wed: 18:45 - 20:00
Thu: 18:45 - 20:00
Fri: 14:00 - 16:00
Sat: 14:00 - 16:00
Sun: 14:00 - 16:00

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Sports available include;

  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Circuit Training
  • Hockey
  • Over 40s
  • Over 50s
  • Remedial
  • Sports Field
  • Weight Loss Programme

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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.

The Chaplaincy does far more than just pastoral care; they often are able to lend radios, musical instruments and typewriters; they may take part in Sentence Planning and are available as a ‘listening ear’ and are able, sometimes, to help with domestic problems. Most Chaplaincies run various courses and activities which may or may not have a religious theme. Every prisoner has the right to follow their religious practices and attend Chapel for services pertaining to their declared faith (even when segregated).

The Chaplaincy are able to organise faith activities for all main religions (as recognised by the Prison Service; this does not, at present include Rastafarian as a specific religion) and contact faith representatives to visit individual or groups of prisoners for the purpose of religious activities. The chaplaincy can also intercede on matters of religious dress, diet and artefacts. A full list of permitted artefacts can be found in the Glossary Section under Religious Artefacts.

You can contact the Chaplaincy by letter or by telephoning the main prison number and asking to speak to the Chaplaincy. The Chaplaincy works as part of the prison and cannot, therefore, guarantee confidentiality (they can explain this to you in detail). Prisoners can contact the Chaplaincy in person or by Application.

Chaplaincy Statement of Purpose (HMPS)
The Chaplaincy is committed to serving the needs of prisoners, staff and religious traditions by engaging all human experience. We will work collaboratively, respecting the integrity of each tradition and discipline. We believe that faith and the search for meaning directs and inspires life, and are committed to providing sacred spaces and dedicated teams to deepen and enrich human experience. We contribute to the care of prisoners to enable them to lead law-abiding and useful lives in custody and after release.

The Co-ordinating Chaplain at Eastwood Park is: Judith Phillips

There is a full-time Anglican Chaplain and part-time Catholic and Free Church Chaplains. A female Buddhist Chaplain visits but there is no Muslim Chaplain.

Mormon, Jehovah Witness and Hindu visit as required.

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Visiting Specialists

  • CPN
  • Dentist
  • Optician
  • Stop Smoking

Mary Carpenter Unit

There is separate provision within the establishment health care contract that includes a designated nurse for the unit and dedicated mental health provision through the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHS).


NHS Healthcare Information for Eastwood Park

Prison Healthcare Manager: Janet Mountsford
Tel: 01454 382100

Healthcare Complaints

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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Strode College
Church Road, Street, Somerset BA16 0AB
Tel: 01458 844400

Career Information & Advice Services (CIAS)
Tribal Education Ltd
Head office: 87-91 Newman Street, London W1T 3EY
Tel: 020 7323 7100


Mary Carpenter Unit

Norton Radstock College offers specific learning and skills within education for this unit.

Classes include;

  • Art
  • Basic Education
  • Clait
  • Computer Studies
  • Cookery
  • Creative Writing
  • English
  • Key Skills
  • Language
  • Life and Social Skills
  • Literacy
  • Maths
  • Numeracy
  • Open University
  • Pottery



OFSTED inspect education establishments from schools to colleges to prisons. They inspect education facilities within prisons and have inspected HMP Eastwood Park.

Inspection judgements
Inspectors use a four-point scale to summarise their judgements about achievement and standards, the quality of provision, and leadership and management, which includes a grade for equality of opportunity.

Key for inspection grades

  • Grade 1 Outstanding;
  • Grade 2 Good;
  • Grade 3 Satisfactory;
  • Grade 4 Inadequate.


Click Here for further information on how inspection judgements are made.


Scope of the inspection
In deciding the scope of the inspection, inspectors take account of the provider’s most recent self-assessment report and development plans, and comments from the local Learning and Skills Council (LSC) or other funding body. Where appropriate, inspectors also consider the previous inspection report , reports from the inspectorates’ monitoring visits, and data on learners and their achievements over the period since the previous inspection.

Last Inspection Date: 13/10/2008


Summary of grades awarded

Achievement and standards: 2
Capacity to improve: 2
Effectiveness of provision: 2
Employability training: 2
Equality of opportunity: 2
Leadership and management: 2
Literacy, numeracy and ESOL: 2
Personal development and social integration: 3
Quality of provision: 2

To read their report click here

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Employment and workshops include;

  • Catering
  • Gardening
  • Horticulture
  • Industrial Cleaning
  • Laundry
  • Painting and Decorating
  • Sports Studies


Learning aims recorded for Skills Funding Agency OLASS
Adult Literacy
Adult Numeracy
Certificate for IT Users (CLAiT Plus)
Certificate for IT Users (New CLAiT)
Developing Personal Development Skills
Diagnostic Test in ESOL, 3 glh
Diagnostic Test in Literacy, 3 glh
Diagnostic Test in Numeracy, 3 glh
ECDL Advanced - Word Processing
Employability Skills (Entry 3) (QCF)
Food Safety in Catering (QCF)
Getting a Job
Healthy Living (Eating and Exercise)
Hospitality and Catering Skills
Introduction to Hairdressing
IT User Skills (ITQ) (QCF)
Key Skills in Improving Own Learning and Performance
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 Level 1, PW A, Arts, Media and Publishing (SSA 9)
OCN Level 1, PW A, Information and Communication Technology (SSA 6)
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)
Speed Keying (Entry 3) (QCF)
Text Processing (Business Professional) (QCF)
Text Processing (Business Professional) (QCF)
Text Production Skills
Typing/Keyboard Skills (City Literary Institute)
Using Cooking Skills in a Domestic Kitchen

Vocational study not leading to a recognised qualification, Preparation for Life and Work (SSA 14)



Current Wages


Employed: 50p - £1.50 per session (Max 9) - IEP based
Education: 50p/80p/90p (dependent on IEP)
Retired: 35p per session
Long term sick: 35p per session

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There are no Offending Behaviour Courses claimed for Eastwood Park.

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  • Job club
  • Job Centre+
  • Working out opportunities


Family Days Available


Guardian Has To Stay


Own Children




Age Limits

Up to 18

No of Visitors Permitted

Not disclosed


Prison is a life stager


What Stage

Stage 1

Mother & Baby Unit


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Ministry of Justice Performance Rating for this prison: 3
This is on a scale from 1 (serious concerns) to 4 (Exceptional) and is worked out by the Ministry of Justice taking into account 34 criteria such as overcrowding, purposeful activities etc. A score of 3 is considered a good performance. Published quarterly.

Average weekly hours of Purposeful Activity: 23.3 (2010)
This figure is supplied by each prison to the Prison Service. Actual hours are usually dependent on activities etc. and should be taken as the maximum time either in workshops or education over a whole week.
Both of these figures are published retrospectively by the MoJ and HMPS and may have changed since the figures were published but they give a simple comparison between prisons.


Annual Budget: £10,300,000 (2011-12)*
Approx cost per prisoner place (2010): £52,062

*The annual budget allocated to the governor covers all major costs of running the prison but excludes most costs related to education and healthcare.

Parliamentary Information
CONSTITUENCY: Thornbury and Yate
MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT: Steve Webb (Liberal Democrat)

Prisoners may write to either their ‘Home MP’ or the MP in whose constituency their current prison lies.
The address to write to is:
House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA



Most prisons now have PIN phones. Your relative or friend usually needs to apply to have your name and number on his/her telephone account. You will usually receive a call from the prison to check who you are and to ensure you are happy for them to call you. Prisoners cannot receive telephone calls.

There is no restriction on who prisoners can call except in the case of calls to journalists intended to be broadcast. In some cases child protection measures may mean extra checks on who they call.

Prisoners can normally make calls only during ‘association’ periods. Some prisons limit the length of time a call can last to avoid queues and people being disappointed. Prisoners’ telephone calls are very expensive; calls to landlines now cost 10p per minute and 37.5 p to mobiles (compared to 2p in a public phone box). In most prisons the phone calls can be listened to and/or recorded.

If a prisoner is newly convicted or transferred they should be offered an immediate ‘Reception’ phone call to tell you where they are. It may take a few days for numbers to be transferred or added.

When you write to a prisoner you must include your full name and address. In most prisons the letters are searched and can be read before being given to the prisoner.

You can write about anything but letters must not be obscene, name ‘victims’, or be a threat to discipline or security. Do not enclose any items with letters. Make sure you put sufficient postage to cover the costs (anything bigger than A5 counts as ‘large’). Prisoners can normally receive a ‘reasonable’ number of letters per week.

If you send greetings cards these should be of reasonable size and not padded or pouched. Do not send musical cards. If you are sending more than one card put them all inside one outer envelope, this saves postage. Remember to include your full details (you could put your details on a ‘Post-It’ note stuck to the card or include a letter which has your details).

Always put the prisoner’s full name and prison number. If the person has been moved their mail will be forwarded.

On conviction or transfer a prisoner should be given a ‘Reception’ letter to write to tell you where they are.

Prisoners are given a free letter each week to post out, they can send more, but at their own expense. Some prisons allow you to send in stamps.

You can usually send in photographs but in some prisons these must not include any image of the prisoner. Child protection measures may mean that some prisoners may not receive pictures of children, unless they are their own and were not ‘victims’. If you send pictures of children include an explanatory note identifying who the children are and their relationship to the prisoner.

It is not a good idea to send cash, this can get ‘lost’ in the prison. Prisons prefer postal orders, but you could send a cheque. Make these payable to ‘H M Prison Service’, write your name on the back and also the prisoner’s full name and prison number. Any money sent which is deemed to be ‘anonymous’ can be stopped.
Money you send is paid into the prisoner’s ‘Private Cash’ account and they get access to a certain amount (depending upon IEP) each week [currently £15.50 for Standard prisoners].

For full information about visits please refer to our ‘Visit Info’ section for this prison. Visits are very important to prisoners. At most prisons you may not give any item to the prisoner. Any items you wish to give them must usually be posted to the prison, and often after the prisoner has placed an ‘application’ for authorisation to have it sent in. The items which can be posted in are very limited. Check with the prisoner first and wait until they confirm that you can post it.

If there is a serious emergency - close family serious illness, death, or other reason you need to inform the prisoner immediately, you should telephone the main prison number and explain the problem to the operator who will transfer you to the appropriate person. If you are unhappy about their response redial and ask to speak to the Chaplaincy. Prison staff will not pass on general messages but only critical and very urgent messages. You should provide full details of the prisoner including their number.

Support and Advice
There are many very good charities and agencies who offer support and advice to people with family or friends in prison. We have a special section ‘Help/Support’ which has details and contact information for many of these. Do not hesitate or feel shy about calling any of these; they are there to offer support and advice.

This service operates at this prison. Email a Prisoner enables you to send messages to prisoners, in the UK and Irish prisons that operate the service, from any computer, without any of the hassles of writing and posting a letter, and it costs less than a second class stamp!

Your message is delivered to the prison within seconds so that it can be delivered to the prisoner by the prison staff in the next delivery.

It is free to sign up to Email a Prisoner and only takes a few seconds - all you need is an email address (EMaP can help you if you don't have an email address).

Once a member you will be able to send a message to any prisoner in the UK or Ireland, provided you know their prisoner number, from just 25 pence per message.

Click Here for link to Email a Prisoner website


Monitoring and Inspection
Prisons Inspectorate
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: December 2013


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