Welcome to HMP Forest Bank
At HMP Forest Bank, we aim to ‘change lives for the better’ by operating a safe, decent, and secure prison and by creating a respectful place to live and work, dedicated to improving the quality of life for all our prisoners.
We strive to be highly effective in the delivery of our core tasks - safely inducting people into prison and working to establish supportive and influential relationships between staff and prisoners.
From ground-breaking partnerships providing purposeful activity, employment, and education, to rehabilitation services and resettlement support, the prison is a dynamic and forward-thinking men’s prison which accommodates a diverse and complex population.
Our vision is one of a first-class reception prison serving the courts and community of Greater Manchester and we consider it our duty and mission to contribute to a safer city.
HMP Forest Bank has launched a Safer Custody Portal where families and loved ones can contact the prison with a non-urgent concern about someone in our care.
If you are worried about a prisoner’s safety, health or wellbeing, or have concerns about their finances or a pending transfer, please contact the prison via the portal link below:
If you think a prisoner is at immediate risk, please call the prison switchboard:
0161 925 7000
(Ask for the orderly officer and explain that your concern is an emergency)
If your concern is urgent but not life-threatening, please call the Safer Custody Helpline:
0161 925 7000 (Ext 2183)
You can also contact the prison safer custody team using the web form via the link below. (The team will pick up all communications within 72 hours)