Vicki Sampey

Meet Vicki Sampey, Head of safety, Equalities and Decency at HMP Styal

"I wanted a career that would be different every day and a rewarding job where I could help others. I have worked in the prison service for 14 years and have been at Styal for 3 years.

My job is to ensure that Styal is a safe place to live and work.


It was my colleagues who had been on One Small Thing’s training for trainers course and told me how fantastic it was. I knew it could make a massive difference to the way in which we work with our women. Having done the OST training it has made me look at everything we do at Styal with fresh eyes. I am now very mindful about what processes and procedures could be re-traumatising women in our care.

The most challenging aspect of my work is dealing with women that hurt themselves.

The most rewarding aspect of my work is witnessing a woman’s confidence and self-esteem grow and when they start looking forward to a different future.

If I could do one small thing to improve the system for prison residents, it would be to allow video calls so that mothers could say goodnight to their children properly."

Photograph by Roo Kendall

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