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HMP GRENDON Prison Regime Info


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Grendon Underwood Buckinghamshire HP18 0TL image of HMP GRENDON prison

Phone No.

01296 445000

Governor / Director

Jamie Bennett

Category

Male Cat. B

Region

South East

Operational Capacity

573 (Incl. Spring Hill)

Cell Occupancy

Single

Listener Scheme

No

First Night Centre

No

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Chair: Margaret Cripps
Vice Chair: Huxley Cowen

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HMP Grendon is a category ‘B’ training prison for adult males run on therapeutic community principles. There are five separate therapeutic communities housing approximately 40 men each, plus an induction and assessment unit that holds up to 25 prisoners. Cells do not have integral sanitation and prisoners rely on a ‘Night San’ system which prison inspectors have described as ‘unsatisfactory’.

 

Grendon was opened in 1962 as an experimental psychiatric prison to provide treatment for prisoners with antisocial personality disorders, under the direction of a medical superintendent.

HMP Grendon is jointly managed with HMP Springhill (situated next door) Although sharing a number of common services Springhill and Grendon operate as separate units.

Over the years it has been brought more in line with the rest of the prison estate and is now run by a prison service governor. It does, however continue to operate a unique regime in its therapeutic care of prisoners.

Currently Grendon can house up to 235 residents in Cat B secure conditions, with each of its six wings operating as autonomous therapeutic communities.

The Grendon regime is unique, as the therapeutic programme is the core work of the establishment. The therapeutic programme is based on therapeutic community principles, where a dedicated multidisciplinary team of staff work together with prisoners, in an atmosphere where attitudes and expressions, which would not normally be tolerated in prison, are accepted and used to give feedback to prisoners. This therapeutic dialogue leads to prisoners' greater understanding of their usual behaviour. Grendon aims to help prisoners develop more positive relationships, to change how they relate to others and to reduce their risk of re-offending.

Accommodation

There are five separate therapeutic communities housing approximately 40 men each.

Reception Criteria

The prison accepts serving category B & C male prisoners in England & Wales over the age of 21. Prisoners must be serving sentences that will allow a stay of at least 24 months at Grendon. Prisoners have to choose to go to Grendon, and must have a genuine desire to change and to work at changing. They must also be committed to staying free from drugs whilst in therapy.

Facilities:

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

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UNLOCKING TIMES


Mon: 08:10 - 13:00 & 14:00 - 19:30
Tue: 08:10 - 13:00 & 14:00 - 19:30
Wed: 08:10 - 13:00 & 14:00 - 19:30
Thu: 08:10 - 13:00 & 14:00 - 19:30
Fri: 08:10 - 17:30
Sat: 08:40 - 12:30 & 13:30 - 17:30
Sun: 08:40 - 12:30 & 13:30 - 17:30
 


ASSOCIATION


The prison acts as a Therapeutic Community and there are no periods set aside for Association. Prisoners organise their own activities.


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HEALTH & SPORTS


Sports available include;

  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Circuit Training
  • Light Circuit Training
  • Remedial
  • Soccer
  • Soft Tennis
  • Volleyball

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LIBRARY


A variery of sesions throughout the week.

Also access through Education.


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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 Grendon is: Keith Salter

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

There is a Chapel and Multi-faith Room. The co-ordinating Chaplain accommodates the needs of all faiths at the prison.


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HEALTHCARE


The unit is type 3, providing 24 hours cover.

Doctors are contracted from a local GP practice and provide three surgeries a week and an out of hours service. The team are a mix of NMC registered officers and nurses, and clinics provided include: Nicotine Cessation, Physiotherapy, Dental, Optical, Wellman, Diabetic and Asthma.
Specialist Clinics

  • CPN: Daily
  • Dentist: Twice a week
  • InReach: Daily
  • Optician: Monthly
  • Physio: Fortnightly
  • Podiatry: As required
  • Stop Smoking: Weekly

 


NHS Healthcare Information for Grendon

Prison Healthcare Manager: Veronica Ihonor
Tel: 01296 443000

PCT: Buckinghamshire Primary Care Trust
South Central Strategic Health Authority

Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS)
PALS is there to help when you need advice, or wish to make a complaint. As a patient, relative or carer PALS provide confidential advice and support, helping you to sort out any concerns that you may have about any aspect of your NHS care.

The service aims to:
• advise and support patients, their families and carers
• provide information on NHS services
• listen to your concerns, suggestions or queries
• help sort out problems quickly on your behalf

PALS acts independently when handling patient and family concerns, liaising with staff, managers and where appropriate, relevant organisations to negotiate prompt solutions. If necessary they can also refer patients and families to specific local or national-based support agencies.

Contact Information

Tel: 0800 328 5640
Text: 07876 231 045
Email: patientexperience.team@buckspct.nhs.uk

Patient Experience Service,
Buckinghamshire PCT,
3rd Floor, Rapid House,
40 Oxford Road,
High Wycombe,
Buckinghamshire
HP11 2EE

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
  • Crafts
  • Creative Writing
  • Drama
  • English
  • Key Skills
  • Life and Social Skills
  • Literacy
  • Maths
  • Music
  • Numeracy
  • Open University
  • Pottery

 


OFSTED INSPECTION

OFSTED inspect education establishments from schools to colleges to prisons. They inspect education facilities within prisons. Grendon is inspected along with Springhill.Ofsted have inspected these prisons.

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.

OFSTED Number: 52328

Last inspection: 11/08/2008

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: 2
Quality of provision: 3
 

Click Here to read their report


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VOCATIONAL TRAINING


Employment and workshops include;

  • Business Craft
  • Catering
  • Gardening
  • Industrial Cleaning
  • Journalism
  • Laundry
  • Sports Studies

 


Learning aims recorded for Skills Funding Agency OLASS
 
Adult Literacy
Adult Literacy (Entry 1, 2 and 3)
Adult Numeracy
Basic First Aid
Certificate for IT Users (CLAiT Plus)
Certificate for IT Users (New CLAiT)
Construction Skills Certification Scheme
Digital Photography (Advanced)
Digital Photography (Beginner)
Digital Photography (Intermediate)
Diploma for IT Users (CLAiT Plus)
Diploma for IT Users (New CLAiT)
Fundamentals of Food Hygiene for the Food Industry
Introductory Basic Construction Skills
Introductory Music Technology
Key Skills in Application of Number - level 3
Key Skills in Communication - level 1
Key Skills in Communication - level 3
Non-externally certificated - Entry Level, Preparation for Life and Work (SSA 14), PW A
NVQ in Hospitality
NVQ in Professional Cookery
OCN Level 1, PW A, Preparation for Life and Work (SSA 14)
OCN Level 2, PW A, Preparation for Life and Work (SSA 14)
Practical Musicianship Grade 1
Practical skills/crafts, Preparation for Life and Work (SSA 14)
Theory Grade 1

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

 


 

Current Wages

 

Employed: £8.42 - £14.51
Education: £9.05 (Standard) £10.90 (Enhanced)
Retired: £3.25 (Standard) or £6.00 (Enhanced)
Long term sick: £3.25 (Standard) or £6.00 (Enhanced)
 


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OFFENCE FOCUSED COURSES


As a collection of Democratic Therapeutic Communities Grendon does not run specific Offending Behaviour Courses but they say that many of the areas covered in normal courses are covered in the therapeutic environment.


FAMILY DAYS

Family Days Available

Yes

Guardian Has To Stay

Yes

Own Children

Yes

Grandchildren

Yes

Age Limits

Up to 18

No of Visitors Permitted

Two adults and any children who meet the criteria

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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: 31.1 (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: £9,300,000 (2011-12)*
Approx cost per prisoner place (2010): £43,208
*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: Buckingham
MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT: John Bercow (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

 

Story Book Dads/Mums
Story Book Dads/Mums operates at this prison.
The imprisoned parent records a story and a message which is then edited and enhanced using digital audio software and editors remove mistakes and add sound effects and music. Finally a CD is made, a personalised cover created, and the finished disc sent to the child. The whole service is free.


Click Here for more information
 


Drug Strategy

All prisoners are given an assessment on their initial reception. Identification of need will also come from prisoner's sentence planning and security measures including mandatory drug testing.

Support and advice is provided through CARATs (Counselling, Assessment, Referral, Advice, Throughcare), which is available on induction. This is supported by a voluntary testing programme, which is based on individual prisoner needs determined by individual and frequent assessment.

The intention to abstain from drug misuse is an important pre-requisite for prisoners coming to Grendon and all prisoners make a voluntary compact to remain drug free while they are in therapy. Men go to Grendon to participate in therapy. Drugs provide a way to hide, a crutch to lean on and an escape from the therapeutic process. Anyone taking drugs is unlikely to be successful in therapy. For this reason the drug strategy is pro-active and aimed at both prisoners and visitors and the prison uses all their powers to stop the smuggling in and use of drugs.

Prisoners should not take any opiate-based medication when at Grendon.

  


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: June 2013

 



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