HMYOI Brinsford, Regimes

Gymnasium & Sports

The prison has a large sports hall marked out for football, badminton, basketball, volleyball, indoor hockey, as well as a climbing wall, fully equipped weights, cardiovascular, showering and changing facilities, full size Astroturf football pitch, grass sports field; Aerobics; fitness room. The PE department also delivers educational courses at entry level and level 1. These courses are Active IQ and first aid at work.

The prison has a chapel which can hold 200 people, and a multi faith room with a capacity of 70. One multi-denominational church service held on Sundays, Roman Catholic Mass held on Saturday morning, Muslim service held on Friday afternoons, Sikh Service held on Wednesdays, and a Buddhist service fortnightly held on Wednesdays.

The Chaplaincy Team visit all new young people/young adults on induction. Alpha groups visit the establishment weekly in term time. Regular outside visiting ministry teams and bands aid worship. The chapel also host concerts, Drama groups, art groups, bereavement support, crisis support. Multi outside and inside agencies and inside groups are hosted for conferences and training.

Offender Management

The program runs include MDT, VDT, CARAT, DTO/OASys, Initial LSPO, ETS, OBP,  Depaul Trust, Anger control, Harm Reduction, Young People’s Substance Misuse Team, (group work and one to one interventions including Tier 1, Cannabis & Alcohol, Pre Release/Overdose Prevention and Cocaine groups, initial and full assessments, harm reduction, relapse prevention and auricular acupuncture).


The prison works with various agencies to ensure that the people in their custody have a safe environment and a positive experience.


The kitchen is staffed by industrial grade caterers. Lunch and Dinner are pre-select from a menu, which rotates every three weeks. All religious, cultural and medical dietary requirements are catered for. The selection for lunch includes hot food along with sandwich choices on Mondays to Fridays and added options for healthy eating are now also available. All young adults working in the kitchens receive certificated accreditation for food hygiene and handling.

Psychology and Programmes:

JETS – A 25 session group work programme (plus 6 individual sessions) designed specifically for young people to explore the effects of thinking on behaviour. It aims to increase group members: interpersonal problem solving, creative thinking, self control, social skills, critical reasoning and social perspective taking. It also looks at the values held by group members.

Anger Management Programme – A 5 session group work programme looking at identifying triggers which lead to angry outbursts, the relationship between thinking and behaviour, introducing and practicing strategies to reduce anger and developing strategies to challenge irrational thoughts.

Coping Skills – A 7 session group work programme which aims to provide group members with appropriate coping techniques, to reduce the incidence and prevalence of self harm/ suicidal behaviour, to improve social interaction and institutional behaviour.

General Offending Behaviour Group (GOBG) – A 4 session group work programme which encourages group members to explore their offending behaviour, identify triggers to offending and explore the consequences of offending. The programme aims to encourages victim awareness and support group members in setting goals to change their behaviour.

Motivating Offenders to Rethink Everything (MORE) – A 4 session group work programme which aims to motivate group members to explore and re-think how they view and react to situations. Group members are encouraged to look at situations from all angles and to consider others points of view. The programme introduces problem solving and strategies to challenge irrational thinking.

In addition to the above, a one to one intervention is offered on a limited basis for those young people / young adults unable to engage in the prison regime due to anger management or coping skills deficits or to address behaviour unable to be explored in a group environment. One to one interventions are offered to improve a young persons/young adults strategies for coping, anger management, social skills and problem solving.

Medical Facilities

Twenty four hour Registered Nurse Healthcare provision including an 11 bed in patient facility. Accommodation is provided in 11 single cells but plans are in place to convert two of these cells to shared accommodation. The Healthcare Department comprises a clinical substance misuse team, primary mental health team, primary care team and inpatient team. A GP surgery is provided 6 days per week, Sunday – Friday. The secondary care, Inreach mental health team comprises full time CPNs and Social Worker in addition to sessional Psychiatrist, Psychologist and Occupational Therapist. Dental care is provided by two dentist sessions per week and a part time dental nurse to provide additional dental triage and dental health promotion. Optician, podiatry and physiotherapy are available either by clinical referral por request.

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