|Brabazon Road Eastchurch Isle of Sheppey Kent ME12 4AX|
Governor / Director
|Male Cat. B|
|Kent and Sussex|
|Single and Double|
First Night Centre
Chair: Sally Murch
Vice Chair: Barry Page
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|HMP SHEPPEY CLUSTER - SWALESIDE Visitor Info|
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Online Library documents for HMP SHEPPEY CLUSTER - SWALESIDE
Category B male training prison
The Sheppey Cluster is an amalgamation of the three establishments, Elmley, Standford Hill and Swaleside.
Swaleside will accept category B prisoners who are serving 4 years or more or should have at least 18 months left to serve. It are a main centre prison for prisoners in the first stage of their life sentence and also accepts prisoners in the second stage of their life sentence, giving a total of 460 places for lifers.
Mon: 08:10, 13:15, 15:15 & 18:05
Mon: 15:15 - 17:10 & 18:05 - 19:45
HEALTH & SPORTS
Sports available include;
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.
Full-time Anglican, Catholic, Ecumenical, Free Church and Muslim Chaplains.
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 of England
Kent & Medway
Yorkshire & Humber
Healthcare at this prison is commissioned by:
Kent and Medway Health & Justice Commissioning
Primary Care Provider:
South East Health
Oxleas (Mental Health)
RaPT (Substance misuse)
Education covers a curriculum from basic education to Open University courses, with the full-time equivalent of 120 places. In 2004 new classrooms and courses opened in the industries complex, adding additional part-time educational opportunities to those in work.
Classes available include;
Key for inspection grades
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Scope of the inspection
Summary of grades awarded
Achievement and standards: 2
Contract Services x3
Accredited qualifications include; NVQs, and PMO.
Learning aims recorded for Skills Funding Agency OLASS
Certificate for IT Users (CLAiT Advanced)
Certificate for IT Users (CLAiT Plus)
Certificate for IT Users (New CLAiT)
ESOL Skills for Life (Entry 2)
ESOL Skills for Life (Entry 3)
GCE AS Level in Applied Art and Design (Double Award)
GCSE Applied Art and Design (Double Award)
ICT Skills for Life
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
Key Skills in Improving Own Learning and Performance
NQF - Entry Level, Information and Communication Technology (SSA 6), PW A
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, 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, 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
Starting a Business Venture
Understanding Business Enterprise Activities (QCF)
Unitisation (approved external qualification) Entry Level, Preparation for Life and Work (SSA 14) - ESOL
Employed: £4.00 - £30.00
OFFENCE FOCUSED COURSES
Swaleside also provide a range of non-accredited courses, including victim awareness and anger management.
There are 52 places on the Drugs Therapy Unit, with a further 68 places on the supportive voluntary testing unit.
Family Days Available
Guardian Has To Stay
|No limit but visitors over 10 years are classed as adults|
No of Visitors Permitted
|4 Adults and 3 children|
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.
Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Prisons (HMIP)
“This report reflects a prison making reasonable progress after a period of significant structural change and expansion. Swaleside is a training prison holding male prisoners up to category B status, many of whom are subject to long or indeterminate sentences for serious offences. Since we last visited in April 2008, two new wings had opened increasing the potential population held by 358 to a new operational capacity of 1,112. In addition the ties that brought Swaleside into a clustered management arrangement with the two other prisons on the Isle of Sheppey had loosened. Some support and back office functions were still held in common, but the prison’s governor no longer reported to a cluster chief executive, re-establishing a more traditional relationship with the area deputy director of custody.
Independent Monitoring Board
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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.
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Last Update: January 2014
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