People in prison with eligible care and support needs

From April 2015 people detained in a prison or approved premises in Wandsworth will be entitled to an assessment of their eligible care and supports needs from the council. Your eligible care and supports needs may include:

  • help with personal care, such as washing and dressing
  • help with daytime activities if it is difficult to meet others and take part in social activities
  • help with getting around if it is difficult
  • equipment and adaptations
  • help with care and support to assist with education
  • help during meals, such as with eating

Are you eligible for an assessment?

As a prisoner, to have an assessment of your care and support needs from us you must be either:

  • aged over 18 in Young Offender Institutions or prison such as Wandsworth Prison
  • residents of an approved premises, such as a bail hostel
  • a person who had to move from their usual home as a condition of bail in criminal proceedings.

Find out more about the eligibility criteria, which explains who qualifies for help with care and support.

Rights to advocacy

From April 2015 the council has a duty to assess and respond to the social care needs of adult prisoners. If you are a prisoner in Wandsworth prison or approved premises, you are entitled to the same level of independent advocacy as if you were living in the community. However, this is dependent on the co-operation of the prison in allowing access for independent advocates.

Your rights to an assessment

As a prisoner you will have the same rights as people living in the community (see Factsheet 12), with some exceptions. The assessment will look at your care and support needs and evaluate any risks to your independence and wellbeing if those needs are not met. The assessment will look at:

  • Support you need to help you explain your situation
  • Any support you currently receive
  • Your health conditions and disabilities
  • Personal care (eating, dressing, washing, etc.)
  • Day-to-day activities, such as preparing food, cleaning and shopping
  • Mobility and moving around
  • Managing paperwork and your finances
  • Social relationships and activities
  • Work, training, education and volunteering
  • Your living situation
  • Your mental health and wellbeing
  • Safety and risks

There are some differences in how prisoners are supported compared with people living in the community. Read the full factsheet to find out more.

Factsheet 20: People in prison - care and support

Read the full factsheet People in prison with eligible care and support needs for more information about:

  • How to ask for an assessment
  • Paying for care and support services
  • Moving from children's care to adult care and support
  • When happens when you are discharged from prison