In England, we have three main functional teams:
• HMYOI Werrington (Midlands)
• HMYOI Feltham (West London)
• HMYOI Wetherby (Yorkshire)
• HMYOI Cookham Wood (Kent)
• Medway Secure Training Centre (Kent)
The population is mainly males aged from 15 to 18 (although Medway accommodates boys and girls aged from 12 years). Custody is considered a last resort for young people. Our sites for young people hold those who have carried out the most serious offending and present the most complex issues – which often manifest as difficult and challenging behaviour. Given the age and inherent vulnerabilities of the population, our psychologists play a key role in meeting our moral and legal duties around safeguarding and public protection, and in reducing reoffending as part of rehabilitation.
This growing national team concentrates on the 10 public sector women’s prisons in England and also provides psychological services for two private sector sites.
The needs of women serving custodial sentences are different to those of men; there’s real scope for you to develop and deliver individualised interventions.
You’ll work directly with women with differing complex needs, and provide psychological advice and consultancy to the prison staff who engage with them every day. You’ll also input to the process of managing those women with the highest risk of harm towards others, help set the strategic direction for new national initiatives and policies, and carry out research and regime development.
Long Term & High Security
This newly-formed directorate supports 12 public sector prisons housing the most complex, challenging and high-risk category A and B men in the country. Here, you’ll be an integral part of prison life. Specifically, you’ll be involved in assessing complex and diverse cases, intervention work, consultancy, research, training and development, and once registered, supervising and managing trainee psychologists.
There are a number of discrete units within LTHSE:
Close Supervision Centres
These are small, specialist and highly supervised units for the most dangerous and disruptive men in the country. Psychologists here play a vital role in the day-to-day management of the unit, assessing and providing intervention approaches with men within the environment and regime, and developing and supporting staff.
These remove men from the main prison population with an aim to prevent terrorist acts and the dissemination of views or beliefs that might encourage others to commit such acts. As a key member of a multi-disciplinary team, you’ll be involved in assessment, management, intervention planning and staff training and development.