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Work placement
Prisoners placed with an employer for work experience

Altcourse

None

Ashfield

Work placements are provided via the ROTL process. All placements are risk assessed by the Health and Safety Officer and Resettlement or PE staff help to prepare a young person for release. These include Avon and Somerset Fire Service (office, catering, shadowing), Wessex Water (water works technician), Create Cafe, Frenchay Forestry, John Parsons Building Co. Riverside Youth Project (working with disengaged children), Community Sports Volunteers, Next Generation (Gym Assistant)

Bronzefield

None

Doncaster

None

Dovegate

None

Forest Bank

None

Lowdham Grange

None

Parc

Due to difficulties encountered because of the nature of the establishment, it is very difficult to satisfy Release On Temporary Licence requirements. Parc are committed to re-categorisation of prisoners and transferring them to open conditions as soon as is possible. Parc currently have three established work placements that have placed over 40 serving prisoners in the last 12 months in:

A local community transport organisation.

A community based youth centre.

A local council.

They are also committed to using serving prisoners to undertake essential building and maintenance work directly outside the prison grounds. This provides practical experience to enhance skills learned within the prison.

Peterborough

None

Rye Hill

None

Wolds

None



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Work in the community
Voluntary work in the community

Altcourse

None

Ashfield

Avon and Somerset Fire Service, People’s Charity/allotment project, Create Cafe, Warmley Park Special Needs school project, painting Rodford Way local primary School, painting Pucklechurch Primary School, Tree Planting Goblin Combe, Fairbridge, Prince’s Trust, Duke of Edinburgh, Carmel Church, Volunteering at local sports events e.g. cross country runs, swimming galas

Bronzefield

None

Doncaster

As a core remand local, work in the community is limited. However, opportunities for community work via release on temporary licence (ROTL), include assisting the Environment Agency to clear local riverbeds and providing literacy support, advice and guidance at a centre for disadvantaged individuals including ex offenders.

Dovegate

None

Forest Bank

None

Lowdham Grange

None

Parc

Involvement in manufacture of replica stocks, refurbishment of a three hundred year old church and churchyard, education and training for prisoners in lime plastering to be used in refurbishing a 700 year-old town wall.

Other projects the establishment is involved in: Local Boys and Girls Club—The establishment built and installed a refreshment area, which occupied three prisoners for eight months. Local Youth and Community Centre Climbing Wall—A number of prisoners were involved in the installation of a climbing wall in a local youth centre. This project will now continue with active participation from physical training instructors and suitably qualified prisoners from the establishment. Schools—The establishment is currently involved with three local schools. Football Club—The establishment is currently involved with the oldest football club in the Welsh League.

Parc are currently evaluating nine local projects that have approached the establishment for help.

Peterborough

One prisoner has achieved a diploma in Holistic Therapies and is attending two voluntary positions on ROTL

Rye Hill

None

Wolds

None



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Programmes designed to provide prisoners with employment upon release from prison
Programmes or accredited courses that are designed to provide prisoners with skills to find work on release

Altcourse

Engineering, Catering, Sports and Leisure, Mechanics, Bricklaying, Plastering, Joinery and Decorating. A partnership is in place with Railtrack—Network Rail, providing training that leads to employment in the railway industry. Job fairs have been run in the prison inviting employers to meet prisoners returning to the local area. These have led to opportunities for employment for some prisoners.

Altcourse have links with agencies such as Job Centre Plus, Connexions and Working Links in order to assists offenders into employment and training. Offenders are given the opportunity to access temporary release from custody in order to attend interviews for jobs.

Ashfield

Duke of Edinburgh, Prince’s Trust, The Sports Academy and Fire Skills course are all offered in Ashfield and help to prepare for Resettlement. There is a formal resettlement process which includes input from employers and guest speakers. All courses carry qualifications, which help the employment prospects for young people including Painting and Decorating, Carpentry, Motor Vehicles, Horticulture, Food Service, Construction, Design and Print, Industrial Cleaning, Laundry and Plumbing. Other programmes linked to resettlement include; Fork lift truck training, Wessex Water extended work placements, John Parsons Building.

Bronzefield

Kleaning Academy, Planned programme with major Gym Company to train prisoners using their staff training methods, Painting and Decorating Programme, proposed Call Centre giving Information Advice and Guidance (St. Giles Trust), Housing Advisor, Connections Workers

Doncaster

Accredited training is provided in Catering, Carpentry, Diagnostic Assessment, Food Hygiene, Motorcycles, Painting and Decorating. The Community Re-Entry Team interview 100 per cent. of prisoners for Housing Needs and provide a job club facility as well as one to one support in order to secure employment opportunities upon release. Local employers visit the prison to interview prisoners as does the Employment Development Manager who is responsible for regional networking in order to maximise employment and training opportunities for prisoners upon release.

Dovegate

A resettlement course is currently under development but not in place. Training is provided in Horticulture, Painting and Decorating, Plumbing, Electrical Installation, BICS Industrial Cleaning, Warehousing and Distribution, Performance and Manufacturing, Catering, Team Leadership, Careers and Management.

Forest Bank

Forklift Truck Course, Counter Balance Forklift Training, British Health and Safety Certificate, the Construction Skills Certificate, Manual Handling Course, Preparation for Work course, Food Preparation, Thinking Skills in the Workplace course, Manufacturing, Certificate in Health and Safety in the Work Place, Basic Electronics. Prisoners in the painting and decorating workshop have the opportunity to be employed through a construction scheme funded by work solutions.

Lowdham Grange

Contracts currently in operation providing prisoners with work skills are; Servicing NHS Wheelchairs, Electrical Contact Assembly, Electrical wiring/bulb reclamation, Catering hat manufacturing, Packaging of animal products, Re-packing jewellery, Manufacturing bedding and sheets, Warehousing and Distribution, Electrical cable assembly.

Parc

Prisoners are interviewed within twenty-four hours of entering custody to establish needs with regard to employment, training and education, housing and health and welfare issues.

Market studies are also carried out to establish skill gaps and then provide the necessary practical focused training so that prisoners can target specific employment sectors upon release.

Parc has partnership arrangements with Remploy, NACRO, Merthyr Tydfil Institute for the Blind, Prince’s Trust, ClearSprings, ESF, Welsh Assembly and NOMS.

Training qualifications are provided in the following areas: BICS Industrial Cleaning, Train the Trainer and Assessor, Health and Safety, Manual Handling, Principles of COSHH, Food Safety in Catering, Basic Skills in Construction (Carpentry), Basic Skills in Construction (Painting and Decorating), Motor Vehicle Maintenance, Certificate in Horticultural Skills, Performing Manufacturing Operations, Performing Manufacturing Operations, Construction Industry Training Board Construction Skills Certificate Scheme.

Qualifications offered exclusively on the Young Persons Unit: Certificate in Food Safety, Multi-Skilling (varied), Catering.

Peterborough

Kleaning Academy, Basic Food Hygiene, Manual Handling, Health and Safety, Bio-Hazard Training, Holistic Therapy Training, Beauty Therapy Training, Holistic and Beauty Therapy Delivery, Self Esteem Building, Yoga, Maintenance of Gardens and Grounds, Horticulture. The link centre also provides support for prisoners through their sentence and prepares them for release.

Rye Hill

Rye Hill currently do not run any programmes, but are in the process of setting up ‘track works’ which will provide prisoners with a 12 week training course in permanent way renewals. If prisoners are successful, they will be issued with a three year licence to work on railway maintenance.

Wolds

Institute of Professional Advertisers, Production of Glass Supporting Framework, Food Preparation and Cooking, Horticulture, Cleaning and Support Services, Track Laying and Maintenance, Library and Information, Electrical Installations 16(th) Edition, Introduction to work, Introduction to Self Employment, Manual Handling, Electrical Installations, Website Management, Database Integration and Management, Search Engine Optimisation Techniques, Online Marketing Techniques and Strategies, Content Provision (writing, researching and journalism), E-Business Consultancy, E-Customer Relationship Management.


Information has been provided by each individual contractor who manages the 11 contracted prisons as information is not held centrally.

Titan Prisons

John McDonnell: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice (1) if he will publish the research which has been commissioned on the merits of Titan prisons; [191915]

(2) if he will publish the business case which led to the decision to open three Titan prisons in England. [191955]

Mr. Straw: The Government have accepted Lord Carter’s report ‘Securing the Future: proposals for an efficient and sustainable use of custody in England and Wales’, including the proposal that we should pursue the construction of up to three large ‘Titan’ prisons. Lord Carter consulted widely and his findings were set out in his report. We are now developing the more detailed case for Titans within our overall prison estate strategy and have already undertaken to use this as the basis for a public consultation exercise.


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Public Bodies: Debt Collection

Robert Neill: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice what guidance has been given to public authorities on the use of bailiffs to collect civil debts owed to public authorities by individuals. [192191]

Maria Eagle: In April 2002 the leaflet ‘Effective Enforcement—National Standards for Enforcement Agents’ was produced with the assistance of and endorsed by industry and Government, including local authorities. The guidance is not legally binding; rather it sets out what the Department, those in the industry and some major users including creditor groups regard as a benchmark for professional standards within enforcement.

Public General Acts: Administration of Justice

David Davis: To ask the Secretary of State for Justice how many Acts of Parliament which relate either wholly or partly to criminal justice and which have arisen from legislative proposals brought forward by his Department or its predecessors have been passed since May 1997; and which new criminal offences have been created by such legislation in the last five years. [187425]

Mr. Straw: Table 1 lists Acts of Parliament that are currently wholly the responsibility of my Department or where my Department has a significant share. Table 2 lists such criminal offences created by these Acts in the last five years. I apologise to the right hon. Member for the delay in replying, but preparation of the answer has involved considerable work.

Table 1


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Table 2

Act of Parliament Offence(s) created

Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007

Manslaughter by an organisation caused by gross failure of the organisation's management or organisation.

Courts Act 2003

Assaulting or obstructing court security officers.

Criminal Justice Act 2003

Reporting facts relating to appeals or re-trials in contravention of reporting restrictions or publishing facts which might prejudice a retrial in contravention of a court order.

Domestic Violence, Crime and Victims Act 2004

Breaching a non-molestation order, and causing or allowing the death of a child or vulnerable adult.

Fraud Act 2006

See Annex A.

Legal Services Act 2007

Carrying on a reserved legal activity if not entitled, or through a person not entitled; and pretending to be entitled to carry out a reserved legal activity.

Serious Crime Act 2007

Assisting and encouraging crime.

Sexual Offences Act 2003

See Annex B, which covers the offences in Part 1 of the Act.

Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007

Unauthorised use or disclosure of debtor information.


Annex A


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