Prison Visits are suspended
The Scottish Prison Service (SPS) is following the national advice provided by Health Protection Scotland and the Scottish Government to prevent the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus). As of Tuesday 24 March 2020, all prison visits will be suspended.
We will continue to provide updates through our website, but if you have specific questions or concerns, please contact our Helpline.
Visiting Prison can be a daunting experience, especially for children.
Although all prisons are different we hope this walkthrough at HMP Grampian gives you an idea of what to expect.
Prison visits are an important way for families to stay in contact while a family member is in prison. All Scottish prisons offer regular visiting opportunities for families to visit their loved ones in prison, and most offer special events and family days around holiday periods and throughout the year.
Special visits are available for children visiting their parents in prison. These visits offer children an opportunity to spend time with their parents in a more relaxed environment than a normal prison visit. Find out more about Children’s visits.
The majority of prisons in Scotland now have a Visitors’ Centre service for family members visiting the prison. Visitors’ Centres are a vital service that:
- improve the visits experience for people visiting their family member or loved one in prison by providing facilities and refreshments
- provide families access to independent and impartial advice, information, and support; and
- voice the needs of families affected by imprisonment to the Prison Service.
All Visitors Centres are operated by not for profit organisations, which are independent of the prisons they work alongside. Each centre is managed by friendly, professional staff who provide a welcoming, family-friendly area which can offer information, support, or help to families visiting the prison.
Families Outside provides the national coordinating role for Prison Visitors Centres in Scotland.
The visiting processes and services available for families change from prison to prison. For more information on visiting each prison, check out our Prison Information pages.