Reducing reoffending

Reducing reoffending

HMP Addiewell is a learning prison, where prisoners can address their offending behaviour and the circumstances which led to their imprisonment through Purposeful Activity.  Undertaking purposeful activities of an educational, counselling, work or other nature and family contact whilst in prison is a fundamental element of the rehabilitation process.

Purposeful Activity

At HMP Addiewell we have designed our Purposeful Activity offer to create a learning environment that supports our prisoner's personal growth in response to their identified needs.  Our aim is to provide our prisoners with the skills, knowledge and qualifications to enable them to reintegrate into their community successfully upon liberation. The hope is that all of the prisoners currently residing within Addiewell will re-enter society, therefore we strive to prepare them for a positive destination whether that be full time employment or further education which will significantly reduce their chances of re-offending.

Addiewell offers 40 hours of purposeful activity per prisoner, per week and is divided into three main areas:

  • Learning and Skills
  • Employment
  • Programmed Interventions

We also adopt an effective Peer Support Model, where prisoners are identified for support roles throughout the prison. They act as positive role models for fellow offenders and assist staff in the delivery of classes, programmes, sports activities, induction and offender support services.

Case Management within Addiewell means the approach to the assessment, planning, implementation, review and coordination of access to a range of services for any prisoner. Case management provides the roadmap for transition back to the community and requires strong coordination and collaboration among key stakeholders in both the prison and the community.

Case management will place the prisoner at the centre of a whole system approach and will focus upon what happens after release in addition to what happens in prison. The case management process will be a conduit for all aspects of the prisoners journey from admission to their return to the community, linking in with healthcare, education, work parties and offending behaviour programmes.

Healthcare, like with all prisons in Scotland, is provided by the NHS.


HM Prison Addiewell
Station Road
EH55 8QF

Public Service Pledge

Our Public Service Pledge is a set of strategic and ethical commitments that we are making to our customers, employees and communities. The pledge demonstrates our commitment to social value and public service ethos and it is based on our ethical principles of transparency, business integrity and respect for our people.

Starting Fresh

Sodexo is committed to proactively recruiting skilled and qualified people with criminal convictions through our campaign, Starting Fresh.

We have committed delivering positive Social Impact  and filling 5% of our own appropriate job opportunities with people with criminal convictions. As a Ban the Box employer, we don’t ask about criminal convictions at the application stage unless we statutorily have to, such as when safeguarding measures need to be considered. 

The Starting Fresh campaign also encourages and provides guidance to other businesses on how they can proactively hire people with criminal convictions, removing perceived barriers and concerns.

Visit our online hub where you will find resources and support, plus case studies of the impact Starting Fresh has had on the companies and individuals involved.

You can also contact us for help getting started on your Starting Fresh journey – whether you want to visit a prison to see skills training in action, organise an employer day to explore recruitment opportunities, or even just ask a question not addressed in our FAQ.