If you need support:

For more information, support and advice on all aspects of the justice system, you can contact the Prisoners’ Families Helpline on 0808 808 2003 (9am – 8pm Monday to Friday and 10am – 3pm at the weekend).

See some information that needs updating?

If you notice anything that is incorrect on this page, please contact us on [email protected].

Any further information can be found on the prison website at www.justice.gov.uk/contacts/prison-finder/onley or you can ring the main switchboard on 01788 523 400.

Safer Custody

If you are worried about your loved one while they are a resident at this prison, you can contact the Safer Custody team on 01788 523 500.

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Address: 

HMP Onley
Rugby
Warwickshire
CV23 8AP

Governor: Matthew Tilt

Main switchboard: 01788 523 400.

Visiting times:

Monday 14:00 - 15:30
Tuesday No visits
Wednesday 14:00 - 15:30
Thursday 14:00 - 15:30
Friday 14:00 - 15:30
Saturday 14:00 - 15:30
Sunday 14:00 - 15:30
Visits will follow the same Covid safe measures as before the lockdown at Christmas.

Booking a visit

To book your visit 

Telephone: 01788 523 402 (Monday to Friday 10:00 - 12:30 and 13:15 - 16:00)

Email: [email protected].  

You will need:

  • the name and date of birth of the person you would like to visit
  • their prison number
  • date of birth for all the visitors coming with you
  • the location of the person you would like to visit.

Who can visit?

Visits will only be allowed by people who are symptom free, who have not been asked to self-isolate and who have not recently come into contact with anyone who has symptoms or is self-isolating.

Visits will prioritise re-establishing face-to-face contact with close family members (or significant others) This may comprise of one of the following grouping combinations only:

 

A single adult (aged 18 or over) who must be a partner, parent, foster-parent, grandparent, carer, or significant other

 

 

 

Two adults (aged 18 or over): who must be two parents, two foster parents, two grandparents, two adult immediate relatives or significant other, or a mixture of these (e.g. a parent and a grandparent)

 

A single adult (aged 18 or over):  who must be a partner, parent, foster-parent, grandparent, carer or adult close relative or significant other

 

and

 

up to two dependent children (e.g. son, daughter) of the person being visited.

Two adults (aged 18 or over): who must be two parents, two foster parents, two grandparents, two adult immediate relatives or significant other1, or a mixture of these (e.g. a parent and a grandparent);

and

 

one dependent child (e.g. son, daughter) of the person being visited

At your visit

In order to keep visitors, residents and staff as safe as possible, there will be a number of new rules and guidelines which have been put in place by the prison service. Download our quick guide to help you with what to expect at your visit.

  • All visitors will be required to have their temperature taken as a condition of entry.
  • All visitors will be required to wash their hands as a condition of entry.
  • All visitors are required to wear a face covering for the duration of the visits. Face coverings will be provided.
  • Social distancing (2 metres) must be maintained at all times. This includes no physical contact of any kind. 
  • There will be no refreshments available to purchase in the Visits Hall.
  • The children's play area has been removed. All visitors must remain seated at all times.

NOTICE: As of 28th May 2021 there have been changes to rules around physical contact during visits and on the number of households who can visit someone in prison.

Physical contact

Children aged 11 and under will now be allowed to hug the loved one they are visiting in prison. There are no restrictions to the contact children under 11 can have, if it is in line with the prison’s normal rules. Children can leave their seat but will need to stay in the area marked out during the visit.

From 22nd July 2021, prisons in England and Wales can begin to allow visitors who test negative for Covid-19 to have physical contact with the person they are visiting. 

In order to have physical contact, you will be required to show a negative Covid-19 test result for a test taken on the day of your visit. The testing is voluntary, but it will help prisons identify potential cases of Covid-19 before they come into the prison and therefore reduce the chances of reducing prison regimes in the future. 

Visitors who choose to be tested will do so when they arrive at the prison, or alternatively, can take a test in the community or at home on the day of their visit. Visitors who take a test at home must provide evidence of their negative test result. If you test negative, you will be allowed physical contact with the person you are visiting. Each prison will decide individually what physical contact is allowed, based on pre-Covid-19 visiting policies, so physical contact may differ from prison to prison.

If you test positive for Covid-19, your visit will be postponed. You will be able to rebook after your isolation period. Visitors will be given information on where to get help and support.

To protect prisons, visitors are encouraged to access the widely available twice weekly rapid testing in the community. 

You can read more about testing to physical contact here: https://www.prisonadvice.org.uk/News/testing-for-physical-contact-what-does-it-mean-for-you.

Expansion of visits

Visitors from two households can now visit a person in prison at the same time. You can find out the maximum number of visitors allowed on a visit by contacting the prison directly. Adults and children who are over 11 must continue follow social distancing rules from the person you are visiting in prison.

From Wednesday 15th September visitors here will be meal grab bags to Purchase for prisoners and their families. Grab bags can be purchased from the visitors' centre before going into the visits' hall. Grab bags must be eaten in the visit's hall.

Snack bags are only available to prisoners and visitors who test negative for a lateral flow test. Adults grab bags £5.00 and the children's kids Bags £2.50. Cash only order and pay in the VC.

For visitors' that decline to do a lateral flow test on arrival - catering services will not be available to the prisoner or their visitor/s. 

Secure Video Calls 

This prison offers a secure video call service called Prison Video. You will need to use the Prison Video app on your phone or tablet device to have a video call with someone in prison. 

The Prison Video app is available to download from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store (or equivalent app stores outside the UK).  HMPPS has produced a user guide and a list of frequently asked questions that will give you all the information you need to start using Prison Video. You can find this at https://www.prisonersfamilies.org/change-of-video-call-service  

Only people aged 18 or over can register for an account with Prison Video. 

You will need to provide your name, address, and date of birth, and upload photos of your ID and face. You will also need to add details of any other people who wish to take part in the video calls with you, such as children, and upload a clear photo of each participant’s face. 

You will need to upload ID for people over the age of 18 only, unless the prison specifically asks for anything else. 

Video calls will be free for now, while visits are affected by COVID-19 restrictions. This will be reviewed as HMPPS lift restrictions in prisons and more visits can take place. 

For more information

You can view the updated guidance here.

Money

How do I send money to a prisoner?

From 2nd November 2020 the way prisoners can send and receive money has changed. You can no longer send money by bank transfer, cheque, postal order or send cash by post to any prison. You’ll need to send money through the Money to Prisoners Portal using a debit card instead. 

The Money to Prisoners Portal service is free, secure and available in all prisons in England and Wales.

To get started on the Portal you will need the prisoner's date of birth and prisoner number.

If you cannot use the online service, you may be able to apply for an exemption - for example if you:

  • are unable to use a computer, a smart phone or the internet
  • do not have a debit card

You cannot give money to the prisoner during a visit.

Remember, there are other ways to contact your loved ones:

 You can also contact the Prisoners’ Families Helpline for advice, information and support on all aspects of the criminal justice system:

  • Call 0808 808 2003 (9am – 8pm Monday to Friday and 10am – 3pm at the weekend)
  • Email the team on [email protected]