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Catch22 delivery in prisons wins praise from HMIP inspectors

In the last 12 months, Catch22 resettlement services have received ‘Good’ ratings from Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Prisons (HMIP) for all four unannounced inspections.

10 May 2016

The prison system is about to undergo a period of significant reform. As the government and the wider criminal justice sector begin to explore best practice models, this is a timely moment for Catch22’s Justice Directorate to highlight the quality of its approach and delivery in prisons.

At present Catch22 works in 22 prisons across the country, delivering a combination of offender management and resettlement services, as well as a number of bespoke services such as gangs intervention and veterans in custody programmes.

In the last 12 months, four prisons in which Catch22 works have been independently inspected by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Prisons (HMIP), and in each inspection, our delivery has been highly praised. HMP Thameside, HMP Ashfield, HMP Leeds and HMP/YOI Doncaster all scored Level 3 (Good) for resettlement in the unannounced inspections.

Effective offender management

Our recent experience of positive inspections shows that Catch22 successfully manages the full spectrum of risk and sentence types in all three of our prison-based Offender Management Units (OMUs).

The quality of our assessments, effective delivery of our sentence plans and risk management was described as ‘very good’ in a recent inspection of HMP Doncaster.

Continually growing in expertise from our experiences in Category B local and training establishments, through to the management of very high risk sex offenders in HMP Ashfield, Catch22 is committed to developing the best possible practices to meet the needs of service users in order to support them to turn their lives around and desist from offending.

In all of our prison delivery, Catch22 believes in putting relationships at the centre of what we do. Building strong, consistent and trusting relationships with service users is critical to unlocking their potential to make positive changes to their lives. Inspectors noted when speaking to prisoners that they had a ‘very positive impression of Catch22 and spoke positively about caseworkers’. This is supported by our own research, which found that 82% of service users said we took the time to build a relationship with them which had a positive effect on them not reoffending.


HMP Ashfield has recently transitioned to become one of the country’s only Category C specialist prisons where male sex offenders are supported through their sentence plan to prepare them for release back into the community. In its first inspection report since the changes took effect, inspectors concluded that this was ‘a very good report for a prison that has undergone a radical change of direction’.

Promising leads

Catch22’s resettlement services at HMP Leeds were praised by inspectors and scored Level 3. While Leeds is a public sector prison, currently providing its own in-house OMU, Catch22 is exploring ways to build on our successful inspection feedback and the positive impact we have already made.

Commenting on the good news, Peter Jones, Catch22 Justice Operations Director, said:

‘The positive feedback consistently received through both NOMS audits and HMIP reports independently validates the high quality services we provide for our service users in prisons. This is testament to our relational model of support delivered by our dedicated team of passionate staff.

‘Despite significant changes in the criminal justice system nationally, we have not only mobilised at pace to be ready on time but have made excellent progress in establishing quality service provision within both public and private sector prisons.

‘This has been achieved through our expert knowledge and broader understanding of how prisons work and where we can best fit into the custodial environment to work in harmony with partnership providers as part of a whole prison approach.’

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