|Warrington Road Risley Warrington Cheshire WA3 6BP|
Governor / Director
|Male Cat. C|
|Single and double|
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Chair: Edward Doyle
Vice Chair: Francis McKenna
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Category C training prison. VP unit. Foreign National Hub
Risley opened in 1964 as a male and female remand centre. In 1989 the male part of the prison became a training prison. Although there were plans in the early 1990s to replace all the original buildings, some are still in use. The training prison was expanded further and refurbished in 2003 with the addition of a new wing (Glazebury). The sex offender population was relocated to separate residential areas in 2009 – Farnworth (now renamed the Fran Atkinson Wing) and Glazebury. In 2009, Risley became a hub for up to 200 foreign national prisoners. The regime at Risley had been enhanced since the last inspection through the development of a drug recovery unit on Culcheth Wing and the introduction of a therapeutic community on Elton Wing.
Appleton: 186 bed unit.
Birchmoor: 108 bed unit.
Ravensmoor: 12 bed unit described as a reintegration unit accommodating prisoners not sentenced for sex offences but who are otherwise vulnerable.
Culcheth: 196 bed unit, North side-location, IDTS unit, CARATs and PASRO teams
Daresbury: 196 bed unit. First night and induction unit on South side. 1 care suite and 1 safer/gated cell.
Elton: 173 bed unit (18 bed care and separation unit attached) 1 care suite and 1 safer/gated cell.
Croft: 18 bed care and separation unit - 1 gated cell.
Glazebury: 196 bed unit – sex offender population only.
Fran Atkinson: 28 bed unit - sex offender population only
Risley is a Male category C training prison with an integrated VP (Vulnerable Prisoner) regime with access to the Sex Offender Treatment Programme. Risley is also a foreign national prisoner hub with UKBA staff working at the prison.
Mon: 07:30 - 12:00, 13:30 - 17:15 & 18:00 - 19:00
Mon: 18:00 - 19:00
HEALTH & SPORTS
The PE Department offers students a chance to study towards the Focus gym instructor qualifications and other sport related accreditation.
Sports available include;
30 minutes per week.
Every prison has a Chaplaincy department managed by a Coordinating Chaplain, 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 HMP Risley he is always seen by a Chaplain within 24 hours and is invited to register as a specific religion (if he has not already done so). Subsequent changes of a prisoner's registered religion are possible: the prisoner will be interviewed by the minister of the religion he seeks to leave as well as the minister of the religion he intends to join.
The Chaplaincy at HMP Risley consists of Church of England, Roman Catholic and Free Church Chaplains to provide worship and pastoral care for Christians. A full-time Muslim Chaplain does the same for Muslims, and there are sessional ministers provided for Sikhs, Hindus, Jews, Buddhists, Jehovah's Witnesses and Quakers.
Risley has level three Healthcare services with 24 hour nursing presence and on-call medical cover, however there are no in-patient beds. A wide range of primary care services are provided.
NHS Healthcare Information for Risley
There is a PALS Champion on site, at the prison.
Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Trust
Spencer House, 89 Dewhurst Road, Birchwood, Warrington WA3 7PGG
There is a comprehensive Education Programme offering Art and Design, IT, Social and Life Skills, a full range of Skills for Life qualifications and Higher Level Learning programme including Open University.
OFSTED inspect education establishments from schools to colleges to prisons. They inspect education facilities within prisons and have inspected Risley.
OFSTED NUMBER: 52323
Contract Services x4
Desk Top Publishing
Single Portion Packing
A variety of work is available in areas such as the kitchen, laundry, stores, cleaning, gardens and the waste management unit. There is also work in the Braille and Bicycle Repair Workshops which are restorative justice projects sponsored by the Inside Out Trust. Vocational Training Courses are currently available in Painting and Decorating, Joinery, Hairdressing, Industrial Cleaning and Construction.
Risley is also part of the PICTA scheme which offers a high level of IT and networking skills to trainees interested in this type of work.
Vocational qualifications include;
Learning aims recorded for Skills Funding Agency OLASS
Art, Design and Creative Studies
Basic Construction Skills
Certificate for IT Users (CLAiT Advanced)
Certificate for IT Users (CLAiT Plus)
Certificate for IT Users (ECDL Part 1)
Certificate for IT users (ECDL Part 2)
Certificate for IT Users (New CLAiT)
Cleaning Operators' Proficiency Certificate
Construction Skills Certification Scheme
Diploma for IT Users (CLAiT Plus)
Diploma for IT Users (New CLAiT)
Diploma in Bricklaying (QCF)
Diploma in Fitted Interiors (QCF)
Diploma in Painting and Decorating (QCF)
Diploma in Plastering (QCF)
ESOL Skills for Life
ESOL Skills for Life (Entry 1)
ESOL Skills for Life (Entry 2)
ESOL Skills for Life (Entry 3)
Health and Safety at Work
Key Skills in Application of Number - level 1
Key Skills in Application of Number - level 2
Key Skills in Application of Number - level 3
Key Skills in Communication - level 1
Key Skills in Communication - level 2
Key Skills in Communication - level 3
Non-externally certificated - Level 1, Preparation for Life and Work (SSA 14), PW A
NQF - Entry Level, Information and Communication Technology (SSA 6), PW B
NQF - Level 1, Information and Communication Technology (SSA 6), PW A
NQF - Level 1, Information and Communication Technology (SSA 6), PW B
NQF - Level 2, Arts, Media and Publishing (SSA 9), PW C
NQF - Level 2, Information and Communication Technology (SSA 6), PW B
NQF - Level 3, Information and Communication Technology (SSA 6), PW B
Practical skills/crafts, Preparation for Life and Work (SSA 14)
Preparing for a Business Venture
QCF provision - Level 1, Health, Public Services and Care (SSA 1), PW A
QCF provision - Level 1, Information and Communication Technology (SSA 6), PW A
QCF provision - Level 1, Information and Communication Technology (SSA 6), PW B
QCF provision - Level 1, Preparation for Life and Work (SSA 14), PW A
QCF provision - Level 2, Construction, Planning and the Built Environment (SSA 5), PW C
QCF provision - Level 2, Information and Communication Technology (SSA 6), PW B
QCF provision - Level 3, Information and Communication Technology (SSA 6), PW B
Using ICT (Entry 3)
Using ICT (Entry 3) (QCF)
Vocational study not leading to a recognised qualification, Preparation for Life and Work (SSA 14)
Employed: £7.45 - £9.79 (Enhanced high level work - £16.00)
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