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HMP FORD Prison Regime Info


Address

Arundel BN18 0BX image of HMP FORD prison

Phone No.

01903 663000

Governor / Director

John Wilson

Category

Male Cat. D

Region

Kent and Sussex

Operational Capacity

521

Cell Occupancy

Single and double

Listener Scheme

Yes

First Night Centre

No

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Chair: Andrew Isaac
Vice Chair: David Chaffe

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HMP Ford is a Category D establishment with an emphasis on resettlement. The establishment is split into two sites with a main road dividing the sites. One side is mainly laid to residential, the other is where work activities take place. The establishment still retains the original billets from the original Fleet Air Arm base, which in the main is the composition of the living accommodation for prisoners in huts with single and double cells. On New Year’s Day 2011 the prison saw severe disturbances which saw considerable damage to the infrastructure.


A former Fleet Air Arm Station, it converted to an open prison in 1960.
Further buildings were added including a gate complex, chapel, education and probation.

Accommodation

Huts with single and double rooms.

Reception Criteria

  • Category D. No arson, sex offences, convictions under the Protection from Harassment Act 1997 or restraining Orders.
  • Violent offenders may be considered for a progressive move subject to a thorough risk assessment by the sending prison.
  • Offenders against children are accepted as long as they are not on the Sex Offenders Register.
  • Lifers are accepted on allocation by the Lifer Unit.
  • Determinate prisoners with a maximum of 5 years to serve prior to NPD or 2 years to PED.
  • The prisoner should have no history of abscond, ROTL failure in the last two years.

Sentence planning documents must be up to date, and initial OASys completed. There are circumstances where prisoners outside this criteria may be considered, but this must be in consultation with Ford.

Facilities

  • Hobbies kits
  • In-cell power
  • Own bedding
  • Own clothes (all - outside working hours)
  • PlayStation
  • Television (50p per week)

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UNLOCKING TIMES


Ford is an open prison and does not have 'unlock' times as such.


ASSOCIATION


Mon: 11:45 - 13:00 and 18:15 - 20:30
Tue: 11:45 - 13:00 and 18:15 - 20:30
Wed: 11:45 - 13:00 and 18:15 - 20:30
Thu: 11:45 - 13:00 and 18:15 - 20:30
Fri: 11:45 - 13:00 and 18:15 - 20:30
 


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HEALTH & SPORTS


Sports available include;

  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Circuit Training
  • Light Circuit Training
  • Over 50s
  • Remedial
  • Soccer
  • Sports Field

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LIBRARY


During Association hours.


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FAITH


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 Ford is: Peter Walker

There is a full-time Anglican Chaplain and part-time Catholic, Free Church and Muslim Chaplains.

Facilities are available for Buddhist, Jewish, Sikh and Hindu prisoners.


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HEALTHCARE


Prison Healthcare is now commissioned by NHS England:
NHS England, PO Box 16738, Redditch B97 9PT
Tel: 0300 311 22 33
Link: How to make a complaint:
Complaints about Healthcare should be made first through the formal internal complaints system
 
There are seven Commissioning Trusts for ‘Offender Health’
East Midlands
East of England
Kent & Medway
Lancashire
London
North East
South West
Thames Valley
Yorkshire & Humber
 
Healthcare at Ford is commissioned by:
Kent and Medway Health & Justice Commissioning
Primary Care Provider:
Sussex Partnership



Contact Information

Tel: 0300 1001821
Textphone: 07803 029060
Email: customerservices@westsussexpct.nhs.uk

Customer Service Unit,
1 The Causeway,
Goring-By-Sea,
Worthing, West Sussex
BN12 6BT

There is also a Dental Helpline for ALL NHS dental enquiries: 01702 226668
 


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EDUCATION


EDUCATION PROVIDER
The Manchester College
The Manchester College, Offender Learning Directorate, Fielden Compus, Burlow Manor Road M1 3HB
Tel: 0800 068 8585

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


Classes include;

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

 


OFSTED INSPECTION

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

OFSTED NUMBER: 52279
To read their latest report click here


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VOCATIONAL TRAINING


Prison Workshops
BICS
Contract Services
Engineering
Laundry
PICTA
Plastics
 
Employment

Employment includes;

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

 


Learning aims recorded for Skills Funding Agency OLASS

 
Adult Literacy
Adult Numeracy
Art and Design
Basic Construction Skills
Certificate for IT Users (CLAiT Plus)
Certificate for IT Users (New CLAiT)
Customer Service
Emergency First Aid at Work (QCF)
Food Safety in Catering (QCF)
Foundation Creative Craft
Graphic Design
Health and Safety in the Workplace
Healthier Food and Special Diets
Intermediate Creative Craft
Learning Support
NQF - Level 1, Construction, Planning and the Built Environment (SSA 5), PW C
NQF - Level 1, Information and Communication Technology (SSA 6), PW A
NQF - Level 2, Business, Administration and Law (SSA 15), PW A
NQF - Level 2, Information and Communication Technology (SSA 6), PW B
NQF - Level 2, Retail and Commercial Enterprise (SSA 7), PW C
NQF - Level 3, Business, Administration and Law (SSA 15), PW A
NVQ in Hospitality
Practical skills/crafts, Preparation for Life and Work (SSA 14)
Preparing for a Business Venture
Preparing for a Business Venture
QCF provision - Entry Level, Information and Communication Technology (SSA 6), PW A
QCF provision - Level 1, Arts, Media and Publishing (SSA 9), PW B
QCF provision - Level 1, Preparation for Life and Work (SSA 14), PW A
QCF provision - Level 2, Arts, Media and Publishing (SSA 9), PW B
QCF provision - Level 2, Preparation for Life and Work (SSA 14), PW A
QCF provision - Level 2, Preparation for Life and Work (SSA 14), PW B
Starting a Business Venture
Starting a Business Venture
Using ICT (Entry 3) (QCF)
Vocational study not leading to a recognised qualification, Arts, Media and Publishing (SSA 9)

Vocational study not leading to a recognised qualification, Construction, Planning and the Built Environment (SSA 5)

 


Current Wages

Employed: £4.00 - £9.50
Education: £9.50
Retired: £3.25
Long term sick: £3.25

Prisoners also work outside the prison
 


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OFFENCE FOCUSED COURSES


  • Enhanced Thinking Skills (ETS)

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RESETTLEMENT


Specialist services provide assistance for a range of job preparation and seeking activities, assistance to find accommodation, debt counselling, drug and alcohol counselling and programmes and support for all prisoners regardless of their length of sentence.

  • Job club
  • Job Centre+

FAMILY DAYS

Family Days Available

Yes

Guardian Has To Stay

Yes

Own Children

Yes

Grandchildren

Yes

Age Limits

None

No of Visitors Permitted

3 adults + 2 children

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ADDITIONAL INFORMATION


PRISON PERFORMANCE
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: 42 (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.


PRISON BUDGET

Annual Budget: £8,000,000 (2011-12)*
Approx cost per prisoner place (2010): £27,998

*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: Bognor Regis and Littlehampton
MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT: Nick Gibb (Conservative)

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

 


COMMUNICATIONS

Telephones
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.

Letters
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.

Photographs
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.

Money
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].

Visits
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.

Emergencies
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.

EMAIL A PRISONER
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
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
 
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: January 2014

 



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