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Littlehey Prison

Littlehey is a prison near Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire for men convicted of a sex offence.

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Book and plan your visit to Littlehey

Prison social visits are temporarily suspended at Littlehey following national lockdown. We will update here as soon as this changes. There may be the opportunity for visits under exceptional compassionate reasons, which should be agreed in advance with the prison prior to travel. We will update here as soon as this changes.

Find out more about visiting someone in prison during the COVID-19 pandemic. You can also follow @HMPPS on Twitter and read a rolling update page.

There are a number of other ways to contact someone in prison if you are unable to visit them. You can:

You can also contact the Prisoners’ Families Helpline on 0808 808 2003.

Keep in touch with someone at Littlehey

You may not be able to speak with someone at Littlehey during their first few days. This is because it can take time to approve who they can be in touch with.

Residents do not have phones in their rooms so they will always need to call you rather than you call them.

Phone calls

Residents can phone anyone named on their list of friends and family. This list is checked by security.

You can also exchange voicemails using the Prison Voicemail service.

Officers may listen to phone calls as a way of preventing crime and helping keep people safe.

Secure video calls

Secure video calling is available at this prison. Family and friends need to download the purple visits app, create an account, register all visitors, and add the prisoner to their contact list.

Read more about how it works

Email

You can send emails to someone in Littlehey using the Email a Prisoner service.

You might also be able to attach photos and receive replies from the resident, depending on the rules at Littlehey.

Letters

Include the person’s name and prisoner number on the envelope.

If you do not know their prisoner number, contact Littlehey.

All post apart from legal letters will be opened and checked by officers.

Send money and gifts

You can use the free and fast online service to send money to someone in prison.

Gifts and parcels

People in Littlehey are given a list of approved items that can be sent to them as gifts. Contact Littlehey for more information on what’s allowed.

Make sure to include the person’s name and prisoner number on the parcel.

All parcels will be opened and checked by officers.

Life at Littlehey

Littlehey is committed to providing a safe and educational environment where men can learn new skills to help them on release.

Security and safeguarding

Every person at Littlehey has a right to feel safe. The staff are responsible for their safeguarding and welfare at all times.

All safeguarding processes are overseen by Norfolk Safeguarding Adults Board.

At Littlehey there’s a listener scheme to support residents at risk of suicide or self harm. There’s also a buddy scheme to combat bullying.

Arrival and first night

When a resident first arrives at Littlehey, they will be able to contact a family member by phone. This could be quite late in the evening, depending on the time they arrive.

They will get to speak to someone who will check how they’re feeling and ask about any immediate health and wellbeing needs.

Induction

Each person who arrives at Littlehey gets an induction that lasts about a week. They will meet professionals who will help them with:

  • health and wellbeing, including mental and sexual health
  • any substance misuse issues, including drugs and alcohol
  • personal development in custody and on release, including skills, education and training
  • other support (sometimes called ‘interventions’), such as managing difficult emotions

Everyone also finds out about the rules, fire safety, and how things like calls and visits work.

Accommodation

Around 1200 men live at Littlehey. Some rooms are shared.

As well as the accommodation blocks, there’s an all-weather sports pitch, gymnasium, adult learning centre and kitchen buildings.

There are 2 healthcare departments serving Littlehey.

Education and work

Littlehey has a wide range of learning opportunities. This includes educational classes from basic skills to degree level and practical training courses in carpentry, joinery, motor mechanics, hospitality and ICT. There’s also production and domestic work.

Littlehey works with partners to help residents find employment and resettle in the community.

Littlehey also offers specific behaviour programmes for men convicted of a sex offence.

Support for family and friends

Find out about advice and helplines for family and friends.

Support at Littlehey

Littlehey works with Ormiston Families, a charity supporting children, young people and families to manage the challenges they face and improve their life chances. The Ormiston Families team is based in the visitors centre. They provide support and information to help you access available services.

Problems and complaints

If you have a problem contact Littlehey. If you can’t resolve the problem directly, you can make a complaint to HM Prison and Probation Service.

HM Prison and Probation Service publishes action plans for Littlehey in response to independent inspections.

Contact Littlehey

Governor: Andy Juden (acting)

Telephone: 01480 335 000
Fax: 01480 335 070
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Address

HMP Littlehey
Perry
Huntingdon
Cambridgeshire
PE28 0SR

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Safer custody hotline

Telephone: 01480 335 209
Monday to Friday, office hours

In an emergency, contact the switchboard.

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Published 7 April 2020
Last updated 26 December 2020 + show all updates
  1. Updated visiting information in line with new local restriction tiers.

  2. Updated visit info

  3. Update visits info

  4. Updated visiting information in line with new national restrictions in England.

  5. Updated visiting information in line with coronavirus restrictions.

  6. Updated information about secure video calls.

  7. Updated governor name

  8. added survey link

  9. First published.