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Remand Life Skills

Providing the remand population at HMP Wandsworth with strategies and skills to help them deal with uncertain situations, develop the right mindset, and engage in custody.

Our approach

The Remand Life Skills course supports prisoners on remand in HMP Wandsworth to build resilience and cope with the uncertainty of their status by teaching healthy coping mechanisms and strategies for emotional regulation.

The course aims to inspire learners to engage with the regime, employment skills, and work and support services whilst in custody. The course also supports learners to develop life skills, such as communication, which will support them to resettle into the community after prison, including gaining employment upon release.

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Since the Remand Life Skills course began at the start of 2023:

  • 97% of participants evidenced a positive shift in their distance travelled surveys,
  • 100% of participants provided 100% positive feedback on the course, and
  • the “End of Course” reports have been successfully used within court cases as evidence of self-improvement, with one learner seeing a reduction in their sentence from nine years to three years.

Frequently asked questions

How is the Remand Life Skills course delivered?

The Remand Life Skills course is delivered to small groups of remand prisoners, who all have different characteristics to ensure that a variety of perspectives are being brought to the sessions. The course lasts four days, providing those on remand with structure and purpose.

It is then followed by a minimum of two one-to-one sessions for each learner, which take place with a course facilitator. These one-to-one sessions will last between 30-60 minutes, during which facilitators will support learners to reflect on the goals set and the progress made during the course, and help them to access any additional support that they may require.

Courses run fortnightly, with the week between group sessions being used to carry out one-to-one sessions and complete end-of-course reports.

What content does the course cover?

The initial one-to-one sessions, on the Remand Life Skills course, include a conversation on how group sessions, topics and resources will meet the respective learner’s needs. During this session, we will also undertake a distance travelled self-assessment, which enables Catch22 to measure how the learner currently perceives their situation, life skills, and ability to cope and engage.

After this, there are a total of seven Life Skills group sessions which encourage conversations, reflections and sharing of experiences. These group sessions enable participants to reflect on their personal qualities and what they value in themselves. It also allows participants to highlight their personal strengths and what they can draw on in their development journey. These opportunities for guided learning and conversation alongside peers aim to support resilience, and enables learners cope more effectively with the uncertainty surrounding their remand status.

During the follow-up one-to-one sessions, we consolidate the group sessions, provide practical advice and complete feedback and distance travelled surveys to identify what further support the individual needs, and to understand any ways we can improve the service further.

Does the Remand Life Skills course provide any reports for the learners?

Yes. After engagement with the Remand Life Skills programme, our teams complete a report for each learner. The report outlines their engagement with the course, what reflections they had and how their needs were met.

This report is sent to their solicitors. It can then be used for their case to highlight how they have worked on and addressed their criminogenic behaviour.

Can the Remand Life Skills team provide additional activities for participants?

In addition to the main course, the Remand Life Skills team provide learners with in-cell workbooks and resources alongside journaling, to encourage them to undertake meaningful activity, build on learning, and stay occupied between sessions.

We also provide support with navigation and signposting to other prison services and resources. This enables learners to carry out meaningful work within custody whilst on remand.

Is there any priority given to particular groups of prisoners on the Remand Life Skills waiting list?

In order to participate in the Remand Life Skills course, all prisoners must be in remand.

Priority will be given to prisoners on remand who have the right to work in the UK, as the course has an employability focus. Priority will also be given to prisoners who are less engaged with the prison regime, and who are generally harder to reach.

I can’t explain how great the course was. I found it very helpful and insightful as I learnt a lot about how to better myself mentally and build better relationships with people.

Luke, service user

News and resources

Contact Remand Life Skills

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Naomi McGrath

Assistant Director, London

We accept referrals from prisoners aged 18+ at HMP Wandsworth who are currently on remand:

  • Prisoners can self-refer onto the Remand Life Skills course by submitting an expression of interest via the prison kiosk.
  • Staff members can email the course facilitators to recommend a remanded prisoner for the course.
  • The wider remand team at HMP Wandsworth can add a remanded prisoner to the waiting list directly.

Upon expressing interest in the course, prisoners will be added to a waiting list, and their eligibility will be checked.

For further information, please reach out using our contact form, and a member of the team will get back to you as soon as possible.

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0208 588 4391
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Privacy notice

How we manage your data

Catch22 Charity Ltd. manages the data you provide in accordance with the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

  • The Data Controller (the organisation that determines how your data is managed) is Catch22Contact us if you have a query about how your data is managed.
  • The Data Processor (the organisation that does data processing on behalf of Catch22) is Totally.Tech.
  • We are committed to giving you (the Data Subject in legal terms) an easy way to exercise your eight rights under the GDPR.
  • We retain your data for as long as you allow us to do so. You can exercise your right to erasure at any time however, there may be some instances where we need to retain your information for a longer duration for legal reasons, such as when applying for a job with Catch22.

What information do we collect?

Catch22 may collect, store and use the following kinds of personal data:

  • information about your computer and your visits to and use of this website, including your IP address, geographical location, browser type, referral source, length of visit and number of page views (cookies),
  • information that you provide to us for the purpose of applying for a job or receiving job alerts (job applications / job alerts),
  • subscribing to email newsletters including your name and email address (email newsletter), or
  • information that you submit that relates to a complaint, service feedback or enquiry (complaints / feedback and enquiries).

Specific detail of each processing activity is provided below.


Cookies are text files that are stored on your web browser by a website’s server. Each cookie is unique to your browser, and will contain some anonymous information such as a unique identifier and the website domain name. This information is sent back to the server each time your browser requests a page from it. This enables the website server to identify and track your web browser via your unique, anonymous, identifier.

Catch22 only uses cookies on its website where they will support the functioning of its website and to improve the experience of its website visitors. These cookies may be created by Catch22’s website, or by third-party services that Catch22 uses, to enable its website to be run effectively.

Some, ‘necessary’ cookies are essential to the running of our website and are exempt from the requirement of consent as per the GDPR and PECR. Functional, analytical and advertising cookies are all optional, and we will only store these cookies on your browser where we have received your freely-given, specific, informed, and unambiguous consent.

Any information that is collected by Catch22 via cookies is processed in a way which does not, and cannot, identify an individual person. We do not make any attempt to find out the identities of those visiting the Catch22 website.

You can find out more about Catch22’s use of cookies, and how to opt-out of or delete cookies from your browser via our Cookies Statement.

Job applications

If you apply for a job with Catch22 using our hosted online job application system, this service will be provided by a data processor on our behalf (SmartRecruiters).

To process your application, we ask for your personal details including name and contact details. We will ask you about your previous experience, education, referees and for answers to questions relevant to the role you have applied for. The hiring managers for the role, along with our Recruitment and HR teams will have access to all of this information.

Catch22 processes your job application data for the purpose of its legitimate interest to process your HR information.

  • If you are successful, the information you provide during the application process will be retained by us as part of your employee file for the duration of your employment plus six years following the end of your employment.
  • If you are unsuccessful at any stage of the process, the information you have provided until that point will be retained for six months from the closure of the campaign.
  • Equal opportunities information is retained for six months following the closure of the campaign whether you are successful or not.

For more information, please see the SmartRecruiters privacy notice.

Job alerts

Through the SmartRecruiters job application system, it is also possible to sign up for job alerts, which will let you know when new jobs that meet your criteria have been posted.

These alerts are managed by the data processor (SmartRecruiters) on our behalf, and will only be processed using your freely-given, specific, informed and unambiguous consent.

If at any point you wish to unsubscribe from SmartRecruiters job alerts, this can be done by clicking the unsubscribe link on the latest email. You can also log into your SmartRecruiters candidate profile to modify or withdraw your details.

For more information, please see the SmartRecruiters privacy notice.

Email newsletter

If you subscribe to Catch22’s newsletter and/or event mailing lists, you will receive regular communications relating to our work. These mailings will be facilitated by a third-party provider, such as Mailchimp or Salesforce (marketing platforms), and your data will be processed by a third-party client relationship management platform, Salesforce.

Catch22 will only process your contact details and send you newsletters following your freely-given, specific, informed and unambiguous consent.

You have the right to unsubscribe from any of our email mailing lists at any time. If you wish to unsubscribe from a Catch22 mailing list please click the unsubscribe link on the latest email or contact dpo@catch-22.org.uk to ensure that you do not continue to receive email newsletters from us. We will need to continue to hold your details after you have unsubscribed to ensure that we do not send you further communications.

For more information, please see the Mailchimp or Salesforce privacy notices as appropriate.

Feedback and enquiries

Catch22 processes the data submitted through any of our website contact forms for the purpose of receiving your message and responding to it under the lawful basis of consent, which you give when submitting the form.

We will only use the information supplied to us to deal with the enquiry and any subsequent issues, and to check on the level of service we provide.

These contact forms are processed using the WordPress plugin, Gravity Forms. When these forms are submitted to us, notification emails are automatically generated to send your enquiry to the appropriate team within Catch22 who will store your email for as long as is required to deal with your enquiry and any subsequent issues.

Form submissions are also stored within the Catch22 WordPress database for a period of 90 days. This allows us to identify if there are any issues with forms being received by our teams. After this time, forms and all accompanying personal data are automatically deleted from the system. Gravity Forms does not receive copies of any of forms, or any accompanying personal data, that are submitted via the Catch22 website.

You have the right to withdraw consent for us to contact you at any time by contacting dpo@catch-22.org.uk. You also have the right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority, which in the United Kingdom is the Information Commissioner’s Office.

For more information, please see the Gravity Forms privacy notice.


Complaints can be submitted using our online feedback form, by emailing feedback@catch-22.org.uk, or by post. Catch22 undertakes the processing of your complaints data as part of its legitimate interests.

When we receive a complaint from a person we make up a file containing the details of the complaint. This normally contains the identity of the complainant and any other individuals involved in the complaint.

We will only use the personal information we collect to process the complaint and to check on the level of service we provide.

We usually have to disclose the complainant’s identity to whoever the complaint is about. This is inevitable where, for example, the accuracy of a person’s record is in dispute. If a complainant doesn’t want information identifying him or her to be disclosed, we will try to respect that. However, it may not be possible to handle a complaint on an anonymous basis.

We will keep personal information contained in complaint files in line with our retention policy. This means that information relating to a complaint will be retained for six years from closure. It will be retained in a secure environment and access to it will be restricted according to the ‘data minimisation’ principle.

For more information, please see the Complaints, Compliments and Feedback policy.

Use of data processors

The Data Processor (the organisation that does data processing on behalf of Catch22) is Totally.Tech.

Catch22 also works with third-party data processors to provide our:

  • content management system (WordPress),
  • website analytics (Google Analytics),
  • marketing platform (Mailchimp),
  • client relationship management platform (Salesforce),
  • social media advertising campaigns (Meta Pixel, Twitter Pixel, LinkedIn Insight Tag, TikTok Pixel), and
  • recruitment service (SmartRecruiters).

We have contracts in place with our data processors. This means that they cannot do anything with your personal information unless we have instructed them to do it. They will not share your personal information with any organisation apart from us. They will hold it and retain it for the period we instruct.

Individual Catch22 services may work with additional third-party data processors in line with their contractual requirements. For more information, please see the relevant Service Privacy Notice, which can be downloaded from their service page on this website, or found by searching for the service by name in our Policy Library.


Catch22 may disclose information about you to any of our employees, officers, agents, suppliers or data processors insofar as reasonably necessary for the purposes as set out in this privacy notice.

In addition, we may disclose information about you:

  • to the extent that we are required to do so by law,
  • in connection with any legal proceedings or prospective legal proceedings, or
  • in order to establish, exercise or defend our legal rights (including providing information to others for the purposes of fraud prevention and reducing credit risk).

Except as provided in this privacy notice, Catch22 will not provide your information to third parties without your consent.

Security of your personal data

Catch22 will take reasonable technical and organisational precautions to prevent the loss, misuse or alteration of your personal information.

We will store all the personal information you provide on our secure, encrypted password and firewall protected servers. As data transmission over the internet is inherently insecure, we cannot guarantee the security of data sent over the internet.

Where information is held on our behalf by data processors, we will ensure, to the best of our ability, that they hold your information securely and in line with data protection legislation. We hold contracts with all data processors to make sure that they cannot do anything with your data unless we have instructed them to do so.

Notice amendments

We may update this privacy notice from time-to-time. Check this page occasionally to ensure you are happy with any changes.

Your rights

Please contact the Data Protection Officer if you have any queries regarding this Privacy Notice or if you would like to exercise or query any of the following rights afforded to you under the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR):

  • right to access
  • right to erasure
  • right to object
  • right to rectification
  • right to be informed
  • right to restrict processing
  • right to data portability
  • rights in relation to automated decision making and profiling
  • right to lodge a complaint with the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) – via the Complaints page on the ICO website or by calling 0303 123 1113

For further information on your rights, please visit the Individual Rights page on the ICO website.


If you have any questions about this privacy notice or of our treatment of your personal data, please email dpo@catch-22.org.uk or write to:

Data Protection Officer

27 Pear Tree Street

Data controller

Catch22’s data protection registration number is Z1473239