Social visits

Prisoners at HMP Thameside book their own visits using an automated system. The prisoner will need to book a visit for you and then call you to tell you when it is.

Social visiting times

Day Session 1 Cut off time Session 2 Cut off time
Monday Closed Closed 14:00 - 16:00 14:30
Tuesday Closed Closed 14:00 - 16:00 14:30
Wednesday 09:00 - 11:00* 09:30 14:00 - 16:00 14:30
Thursday Closed Closed 14:00 - 16:00 14:30
Friday Closed Closed 14:00 - 16:00 14:30
Saturday 09:45 - 11.45 10.15 14:00 - 16:00 14:30
Sunday 09:45 - 11.45 10.15 14:00 - 16:00 14:30

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*New receptions and newly convicted prisoners only.

Reception visits will have to be booked within 30 days of the inmate being held at HMP Thameside. These visits will be booked by the inmate via an app to the Visits or Reception departments. Property may be handed in on a Reception visit but if for any reason this is not done within 30 days, you will not be able to hand in any property on a standard social visit.

Please Note: if under extreme circumstances you are not able to book or hand in any property within 30 days, Reception and Visits staff will have to be contacted by the inmate and an exception may be made.

Family visits

The Families First sessions aim to give prisoners the opportunity to develop and maintain stronger relationships with their children, grandchildren, nieces/nephews and younger siblings (however priority is given to prisoners and their children). Therefore all prisoners attending the family visit should have children visit otherwise they will not be permitted into the visit.

The maximum number of visitors to attend is one adult and there is no limit to children as long as the responsible adult can safely manage. Applications for numbers outside of these limits will be at the discretion of the Families First Manger.

Families First Sessions

Family Play – This is an opportunity for dads and grandads to play and interact with their children. Every 1st Wednesday pf the month PM

Baby Bonding – This is an opportunity for dads to create or keep the bond with their babies by feeding, changing, playing and interacting with their babies. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays every week

Toddler Time – This is an opportunity for dads to play and interact with their toddlers (under 5) doing age appropriate activities and playing games. Every 3rd Tuesday of the month AM

Story Book Dads – This is an opportunity for dads to be filmed reading a story to their children and the DVD and a copy of the book will be sent out to the children. Tuesdays – Fridays every week

Treasure Boxes – Dads can create a box with arts and crafts items, pictures, toys and letters inside to send to their children. Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday every week

Homework Club – This is an opportunity for dads to spend time with their children whilst helping them complete homework or fun worksheets provided by the Family team. Every 2nd Sunday of the month AM

Family First visit schedule

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday
Morning
                          

Story book Dads

08:30 - 10:00

Story book Dads

08:30 - 10:00

Drop in / Dads discussion

Story book Dads

08:30 - 10:00

   
 

Baby bonding

10:30 - 11.30

Baby bonding

10:30 - 11.30

Story book Dads

08:30 - 10:00

Baby bonding

10:30 - 11.30

                                                       
   

Visitors Centre

Play Area

09:00 - 11:00

   

Visitors Centre

Play Area

09:00 - 11:00

Visitors Centre

Play Area

09:00 - 11:00

Afternoon

Visitors Centre

Play Area

13:45 - 16:00

Visitors Centre

Play Area

13:45 - 16:00

Visitors Centre

Play Area

13:45 - 16:00

Visitors Centre

Play Area

13:45 - 16:00

Visitors Centre

Play Area

13:45 - 16:00

Visitors Centre

Play Area

13:45 - 16:00

Visitors Centre

Play Area

13:45 - 16:00

 

Baby bonding

14:00 - 15:00

15:15 - 16.15

Baby bonding

14:00 - 15:00

15:15 - 16.15

 

Baby bonding

14:00 - 15:00

15:15 - 16.15

   
 

Treasure boxes

14:00 - 15:00

Treasure boxes

14:00 - 15:00

 

Treasure boxes

14:00 - 15:00