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Werrington Stoke on Trent ST9 0DX image of HMYOI WERRINGTON prison

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01782 463 300

Governor / Director

Babafemi Dada


Juvenile (under 18)


West Midlands

Operational Capacity


Cell Occupancy

Single and double

Listener Scheme


First Night Centre



Chair: Pamela Pritchard
Vice Chair: Vacant

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Werrington is a young offender institution holding sentenced and remanded young men up to the age of 18, primarily serving a Detention and Training Order (DTO) of 4, 6, 8, 12, 18 or 24 months, but accepts those subject to Section 91 sentences.


The institution started life in 1895 as an industrial school and was subsequently purchased by the Prison Commissioners in 1955. Two years later it opened as a Senior Detention Centre.

Following implementation of the Criminal Justice Act 1982 it converted to a Youth Custody Centre in 1985 and in 1988 it became a Juvenile Centre.


Werrington has two accommodation blocks, commonly referred to as the Doulton unit and the Denby unit.
The Doulton unit accommodation consists of two wings, A and B, each wing is split over two landings. A wing houses sentenced young people while B wing is home to a mix of remanded and sentenced young people.
The Denby unit accommodation is also split over two landings, C1 and C2.

C1 contains the Reintegration and Support Unit while C2 holds young people who are on ROTL or enhanced status.

C2 provides more relaxed and independent living arrangements.

Reception Criteria

Werrington is a Juvenile Centre (for juveniles aged between 15 and 18). It accepts juveniles only.


In-cell television
Own bedding
Own trainers and, during association, own clothes
Playstation (Enhanced only)
Playstations in the Youth Club


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18:00 - 20:00


18:00 - 20:00


18:00 - 20:00


18:00 - 20:00


18:00 - 20:00

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Circuit Training
Light Circuit Training
Soft Tennis
Sports Field
Weight Loss Programme
Weight Training

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Half an hour during week and Saturday mornings for anyone who wishes to attend

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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 Werrington is: Vacant

Full time Anglican Chaplain. Part-time Catholic and Methodist Chaplains. Part-time Imam.

Werrington provide resources and visiting ministers for all faiths.

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Dentist Availability


Optician Availability


Physio Availability

When required

Podiatry Availability

When required

Acupuncture Availability


Stop Smoking Availability

No young person is allowed to smoke


On staff

InReach Availability

On staff

Werrington has type 2 healthcare centre status.


NHS Healthcare Information for Werrington

Prison Healthcare Manager: Sandy Hammond
Tel: 01782 463300

PCT: North Staffordshire Primary Care Trust
West Midlands 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 030 4563
Text: 07841 254893

North Staffordshire Primary Care Trust
Stockwell Street
ST13 6HQ

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


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The regime includes education (full time and part-time courses)

Classes include;

Basic Education
Computer Studies
Key Skills
Life and Social Skills
I-Media (animation course)

A full enrichment programme is in place for evenings/weekends including Youth Club, Sewing/Crafts Club, Lego and Pottery.



OFSTED inspect education establishments from schools to colleges to prisons. They inspect education facilities within prisons, however we could not find an inspection report for HMYOI Werrington.


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Vocational training workshops include;

European Computer Driving Licence
Industrial Cleaning
Painting and Decorating
Sports Studies
Tiling & Plastering




Current wage for employed

£4 Basic, £7 Standard and £15 Enhanced

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Although Werrington does not cover the 'standard' prison courses they offer 'Fired Up' an introduction to anger management. They also cover victim awareness and their own course on weapons and gang awareness.

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Working out opportunities are available with ROTL


Family Days Available


Guardian Has To Stay


Own Children




Family days are for parents and siblings to visit the young person

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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: 33.9 (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: £7,300,000 (2011-12)*
Approx cost per prisoner place (2010): £73,546
*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: Staffordshire Moorlands
MEMBER OF PARLIAMENT: Karen Bradley (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

Drugs Strategy

Werrington's Young Persons Substance Misuse Service (YPSMS) consists of 5 drugs workers who assess the individual needs of each young person entering the establishment within 24 hours. The young person is then allocated a substance misuse worker for the remainder of their sentence to assist with any issues arising from their assessment.

The YPSMS department run a vast range of workshops for young people including Alcohol awareness, Cannabis awareness, Universal substance awareness, Overdose prevention and a Targeted Stimulant awareness programme. Auricular Acupuncture is also available for young people who require assistance with coping with cravings, i.e. Tobacco, as Werrington is a no smoking establishment and Nicotine replacement therapy is not currently available for the young people.

The service has strong community links and therefore any work that the young person requires upon release is passed onto the relevant service to ensure a seamless through care process is provided for the young person.


Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Prisons (HMIP)

Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Prisons for England and Wales (HMI Prisons) is an independent inspectorate which reports on conditions for, and treatment of, those in prisons, young offender institutions and immigration detention facilities. They provide independent scrutiny of the conditions for and treatment of prisoners and other detainees, promoting the concept of 'healthy prisons' in which staff work effectively to support prisoners and detainees to reduce reoffending or achieve other agreed outcomes.

HM Chief Inspector of Prisons (HMCIP) is appointed from outside the Prison Service, for a term of five years. The Chief Inspector reports to Ministers on the treatment of prisoners and conditions in prisons in England and Wales.

The Inspectorate’s programme of inspection is based on a mixture of chronology and risk assessment. Full inspections run on a five or three year cycle; all unannounced follow-up inspections run on a risk-assessed basis.

Full inspections
Prison establishments holding adults and young adults are inspected once every five years. Establishments holding juveniles are inspected every three years. This type of inspection lasts for at least one week. The Inspectorate collects information from many sources, including the people who work there, the people who are imprisoned or detained there, and visitors or others with an interest in the establishment. Inspection findings are reported back to the establishment’s managers. Reports are published within 16 weeks of inspection. The establishment is then expected to produce an action plan, based on the recommendations made within the report, within a short period following publication.

Full follow-up inspections
Follow-up inspections are unannounced and proportionate to risk. In full follow-up inspections inspectors assess progress made and undertake in-depth analysis of areas of serious concern identified in the previous full inspection, particularly on safety and respect.

Short follow-up inspections
Short follow-up inspections are also unannounced and conducted where the previous full inspection and their intelligence systems suggest that there are comparatively fewer concerns.

Escort inspections
Three escort inspections are conducted every year.

Pre-inspection visit
One month prior to each full announced inspection, an inspector will visit the establishment to plan the inspection and request a range of preliminary information. In addition, researchers will attend to conduct a confidential survey of a representative proportion of the prisoner population. Results from the prisoner survey are provided for inspectors prior to the inspection and constitute an important source of evidence.

The inspection
All inspections are conducted against the Inspectorate's published inspection criteria, 'Expectations'. Expectations' are based on international human rights standards, as well as Prison Service Orders and Standards, and over all issues considered essential to the safe, respectful and purposeful treatment of prisoners in custody and their effective resettlement.
'Expectations' is the document which sets out the detailed criteria HMI Prisons uses to appraise and inspect prisons. These criteria are used to examine every area of prison life, from reception to resettlement, including;

• safer custody
• health services
• good order
• work
• diversity
• resettlement

The concept of a healthy prison is one that was first set out by the World Health Organisation, but it has been developed by this Inspectorate, and is now widely accepted as a definition of what ought to be provided in any custodial environment. It rests upon four key tests:

• safety: prisoners, even the most vulnerable, are held safely
• respect: prisoners are treated with respect for their human dignity
• purposeful activity: prisoners are able, and expected, to engage in activity that is likely to benefit them
• resettlement: prisoners are prepared for release into the community, and helped to reduce the likelihood of reoffending

Post-inspection action
Inspection reports are published within 16 weeks of the inspection. Prior to publication, the Prison Service (or whoever is responsible for the establishment) is invited to correct any factual inaccuracies within the report. The establishment is then expected to produce an action plan, based on the recommendations made in the report, within two months of publication. A progress report on the action plain is produced after a further 12 months.


Last Inspection by HMCIP: 7 – 11 March 2011 - announced inspection
Report Dated: May 2011
Published: July 27th 2011

They said:
“Werrington Young Offender Institution, near Stoke-on-Trent, holds sentenced young people up to the age of 18 and has also recently begun receiving those on remand. We have previously commended the establishment and, on our return for this full announced inspection, we were pleased to find that it continued to be an essentially safe, respectful and purposeful place undertaking particularly good resettlement work with its young people.

“ Reception remained cramped and was inadequate to cope with the increased throughput arising from the introduction of a remand population. We were pleased that strip-searching on arrival was no longer routine, with the level of search for particularly vulnerable young people now based on a risk assessment. Safeguarding and child protection procedures were generally satisfactory and those at risk of self-harm were well cared for. Despite the arrival of a less settled and more disruptive remand population, violence had not increased but bullying and low level intimidation were significant issues requiring further work. Use of force was well managed and segregation was not overused, although the unit’s environment, regime and reintegration planning needed improvement. Drugs were not a significant issue.

“ Accommodation was satisfactory but young people still did not have daily access to showers and phones. Relationships between staff and young people varied and personal officer work required improvement. Race issues were well managed and foreign nationals were well cared for but some other aspects of diversity were underdeveloped. Both the chaplaincy and health care provided much improved services.

“ Werrington remained a purposeful place. Young people spent plenty of time out of cell and were able to access a good range of education and vocational courses, leading to some useful qualifications. However, activities did not always start or finish on time, some teaching was weak and not all poor behaviour was well managed. There was a good library and excellent access to high quality PE.

“ The strategic management of resettlement had improved and was now underpinned by a useful needs analysis. Training and transition planning was generally sound, although target setting needed improvement. Public protection was well managed. Release on temporary licence was used imaginatively to support reintegration and included post-release support and follow-up. Access to visits had improved, although more needed to be done to support the maintenance of family ties. Substance use services were good.

“ Werrington has undergone a partial change of role to take remanded young people and adjusting to this new and less settled population has proved a challenge. However, the establishment has sustained the generally safe, respectful and purposeful environment that we have previously commended and it is particularly pleasing to see that resettlement work has continued to develop. There is scope for further improvement, but managers and staff deserve credit for what has been achieved.”

Nick Hardwick May 2011
HM Chief Inspector of Prisons

Click Here to read the full report


Independent Monitoring Board

By law every prison and immigration removal centre must have an Independent Monitoring Board. IMBs in prisons derive their responsibilities from the Prison Act 1952 (Section 6). Prison Rules dealing with IMDs are numbers; 74 to 80

IMBs were known as ‘Boards of Visitors’ and are still referred to in the legislation under their old titles, although this is likely to change in the near future.

The Independent Monitoring Board for each establishment is made up of independent and unpaid volunteers from the local area. They monitor the day-to-day life in the establishment and ensure that proper standards of care and decency are maintained. Members have unrestricted access to all areas of the prison at all times and can talk to any prisoner they wish, out of sight and hearing of a members of staff. They visit all areas such as; kitchens, workshops, accommodation blocks, recreation areas, healthcare centre and chaplaincy.

If a prisoner or detainee has an issue that they have been unable to resolve through the usual internal channels, they can place a confidential request to see a member of the IMB. Problems might include concerns over lost property, visits from family or friends, special religious or cultural requirements, or even serious allegations such as bullying. In addition, if something serious happens at the prison, for example a riot or a death in custody, IMB members may be called in to attend and observe the way in which it is handled.

IMB members sample food, can attend adjudications and should visit people held in the segregation unit. They must also be kept informed on such issues as the use of restraints.

The IMB meets regularly, usually once per month, and has an elected Chair and Vice Chair. Members work together as a team to raise any matters of concern and to keep an independent eye on the prison.


CLICK HERE - to read the latest IMB reports for any prison.
Click on the year and then select the prison.

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: March 2012


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