Please note:  Face to face social visits have resumed at this prison. You can find updated information on timeshow to book, and what to expect below. Purple Visits video calls are available. You can also take a look at other ways to keep in touch.

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).

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

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Address:

HMP Spring Hill
Grendon Underwood
Nr. Aylesbury
Buckinghamshire
HP18 0TL

Governor: Jamie Bennett

Visitors’ Centre Telephone: 01296 445243

Visiting Times

Monday

No Visits

Tuesday

No Visits

Wednesday

No Visits

Thursday

No Visits

Friday

13:45 – 15:45

Saturday

13:45 – 15:45

Sunday

13:45 – 15:45


Booking a visit:

All visits must be booked in advance. Only those visitors whose details have been listed on the Prisoner’s Authorisation Contact List (as provided by the prisoner) and those whom are named on the booking will be allowed entry into the prison. 

Prison staff cannot add visitor(s) to a Prisoner’s Authorisation Contact List without the consent and authorisation of a Prisoner.

Adults and children must all have Identification; for more information regarding Identification, please see Identification Policy below.

To book your visit

Telephone: 01296 445 000

Online: www.gov.uk/prison-visits

You will need:

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

You will receive a confirmation email within three working days.

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), but all visitors must live together as part of the same household

 

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

 

All visitors (adult and children) must live together as part of the same household

 

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

 

All visitors must live together as part of the same household

 

Visits will not therefore be allowed from:

  • Any combinations of persons not from the same household with the exception of two parents of a child in custody
  • Three adults
  • Unaccompanied children (Exceptionally, at governor’s discretion over 16 will be permitted)
  • People who are not closely related to the prisoner or identified as a significant other.

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.

These include, but may not be limited to:

  • All visitors are advised to arrive at least 30 minutes before the start of their visit to allow for the slower admission process.
  • Adherence to social distancing (still 2 metres for prisons) rules in the visitors’ centre (where open), queuing to enter the visits hall, and in the visits hall.
  • Hand washing and sanitizing to maintain hygiene standards. Equipment will be made available.
  • Face coverings will be made available to visitors on arrival to the prison. Visitors will be required to wear the face coverings provided whilst on the prison premises and during the visit. Exemptions are in place for people with certain health conditions (such as breathing difficulties), disabled people and children under the age of 11.
  • No physical contact is permitted at any point during the visit. As physical contact is the most common way of transmitting the virus, this rule will be strictly enforced.
  • Children accompanied by adults can visit. However, the adult who comes with them will be responsible for making sure that the child remains in their seat throughout the visit. We do realise how hard this is going to be, but please work with us and we hope that you understand why we are asking for this.
  • Visitors will be required to have their temperature taken (without physical contact) to ensure they do not have any Covid symptoms. This is an additional measure to ensure that no one is put at risk of contracting the virus. This will be taken 15 minutes after your arrival at the Visitors’ Centre.
  • There are no double visits – only single visits sessions to give more prisoners an opportunity to have a visits.
  • At the end of the visits session, visitors will leave the visits hall in a controlled manner (a table at a time).
  • There will be no refreshments available in the initial weeks when visits resumes, as part of national guidance.
  • It will only be possible to book 1 visit per prisoner per month, to ensure everyone has a fair and equal opportunity to receive a visit. However, vacancies will be advertised to the wing if their visits session is not booked at maximum capacity. These will be advertised and made available to book 48 hours prior to the visit, between the hours of 2-3pm, enabling prisoners to have a second visit booked within the month.

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.

Anyone over the age of 11 must still follow social distancing guidelines during visits and will not be able to have physical contact with the person they are visiting.

This has been decided as Covid-19 spreads faster in prisons, so it remains too high a risk to allow a full return to physical contact during visits at this time. However, children under 11 have a lower transmission risk which is why this decision has been made.

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

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.

For more information

You can view the updated guidance here.

Family Support from Pact

Pact family support will be available by email and you can access this by contacting [email protected] If your issue is complex and you need to talk to us in person, please include your number in the email and tell us that you would like a call back - it would also be helpful if you could let us know whether we are able to leave a message if there is no answer - and we will aim to get back to you as soon as we possibly can. If you have urgent concerns about the welfare of your loved one in prison, please call the prison Safer Custody line directly.

You can also contact the Prisoners’ Families Helpline for advice 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]

Identification Policy

You will need to bring one or more forms of identification with you to all your prison visits.

 If you have photographic identification (ID with your name and picture on - for example, a passport or driving licence) then you will only need to show this one form of ID. You can find a list of acceptable types of photographic ID in List A below

 If you do not have photographic identification, you will need to show two different forms of ID before you are allowed to visit. You can find a list of the acceptable forms of non-photographic ID in List B and List C below

List A: Acceptable types of photographic ID

You can use any one of the following documents with your photograph on:

  • Your passport.
  • An identity card from a European Union (EU) or European Economic Area (EEA) country.
  • A UK photocard driving licence.
  • An Northern Ireland Electoral identity card.
  • A United States passport card.
  • A proof of age card recognised under the Proof of Age Standards Scheme (PASS)with a unique reference number. This includes the Citizen Card. Remember: Prisoners' families can get a 50% discount on the cost of a Citizen Card by using the discount code 'PACT' when applying online. 
  • An Armed Forces identity card
  • A UK biometric residence permit(BRP).

 

If you aren't able to provide one of the ID documents listed above, you will need to provide two different forms of ID – one from List B and one from List C.

 

If you don’t have photographic ID you must provide one of the following ID documents:

 

List B

  • A Home Office travel document (convention travel document, stateless person's document, one-way document or a certificate of travel).
  • An older person's bus pass.
  • Freedom Pass.
  • Proof of age card recognised under the Proof of Age Standards Scheme (PASS)without a unique reference number.

 

In addition to one of the above documents, you will also need to provide one of the items from the following list:

 

List C

  • Your birth or adoption certificate.
  • An education certificate from a regulated and recognised educational institution (such as an NVQ, SQA, GCSE, A Level or degree certificate)
  • A rental or purchase agreement for a residential property (signed and dated).
  • Your marriage or civil partnership certificate.
  • A bank, building society or credit union current account card (which has your name on it).

 

Any combination of the above documents should be accepted, but you will need one from List B and one from List C

Children’s Identification Policy

Children under 18 years do not need ID.

Dress code

For security, health and safety reasons, some prisons have a specific dress code for visitors and others have a more relaxed policy, making assessments on a case by case basis.

At the time we compiled this information, Spring Hill’s dress code was as follows:

  • no shorts skirts,
  • no revealing tops,
  • no bare midriffs.

If you are unsure about whether your clothing meets the criteria, please do contact the Visitors’ Centre beforehand and double check.

What can I bring in for my children?

The prison can supply you with nappies and baby wipes, free of charge. You may bring in:

  • milk in a sealed container,
  • empty bottles to be filled with juice.

Food and drink

Snacks and drinks are available for purchase at the canteen, which is open until 15:15. Facilities also include an indoor and outdoor play area, toilets and a baby changing room.

Please note that we cannot accept treasury notes above the value of £10.

If you would like to know more specific information on what you can bring, please contact the prison directly on the details at the top of the page.

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.

Banned items

Do not attempt to bring any of the following into prison during your visit:

  • illegal drugs,
  • alcohol,
  • weapons,
  • a camera,
  • a mobile phone,
  • indecent or obscene material,
  • material that threatens the security of the prison,
  • material that is written in code.

If you are unsure what you can bring, contact the prison directly.

Financial Assistance for Visits

If you are on a low income or receive benefits you may be entitled to financial assistance for the cost of visiting your relative in prison. Help is provided by the Assisted Prison Visits Unit (APVU). Click here for more information.

Keeping in touch

Phone

To speak to a prisoner on the phone, the prisoner has to call you using a prison phone.

Prison staff can listen to and record most types of call. Some calls aren’t monitored, for example when a prisoner calls a legal adviser.

Letters

Letters to prisoners should be addressed to: 

HMP Spring Hill

Grendon Underwood

Nr. Aylesbury

Buckinghamshire

HP18 0TL

(Prisoners name and prison number)

You must write your own name and address on the back of the envelope or it will not be delivered to the prisoner.

If you do not know the prisoners’ prison number, please address the envelope as above with the prisoner’s date of birth next to his name.

Email

Spring Hill uses a service called Email a Prisoner, which can be accessed here.

Through this service, family and friends can send a message which is printed out and delivered by prison staff by hand. Once you have signed up, you will receive an activation link via email which you must click on in order to activate your account and send a message. You must buy a minimum of £5 credit in order to use the service, which runs at a cost of 40p per email and at no charge to the recipient.

Voicemail

Family members and friends can sign up to Prison Voicemail, a service which allows social contacts to exchange voicemails with prisoners.

On signing up, you will be given a unique local landline number you can call at any time to leave a message; this message will be instantly available for your loved one to listen to.

Prisoners can check their messages by dialling the same unique number from any phone in the prison and may leave a reply. When the message has been heard, the family member receives an instant text notification, signalling they may leave another message. In order to access messages, the prisoner pays the cost of a landline call, but the cost of the service itself is paid by the family or friend.

Plans start from £5 per month.

Sending Property to a Prisoner

As of 31 July 2015, all property must be posted in; nothing can be handed in at the Prison.

All prisoners are able to buy the items that they want/need through the approved suppliers, whose catalogues are available in the Prison.

Any prisoner wishing to have property posted in must first make an application to Property Services in Reception; this means completing an application form. The application needs to include the details of all the property that he wishes to have posted in. Only once the application has been approved should the items be sent to the prisoner. Please note that any parcels received prior to the application being approved will be returned unopened. Photographs and postal orders must also always be posted in. 

Only court clothes can be posted in without the need for an application being made first. The parcel must be clearly marked as ‘court clothes’ and cannot contain any other additional items. Court clothes are defined as the following:

  • suit trousers or skirt,
  • shirt or blouse,
  • jacket,
  • tie,
  • shoes,
  • belt (no large buckles).

Should there be any additional items within the package, it will be returned, and nothing will be passed on to the prisoner. Please note that court clothes are held in reception until the prisoner is actually going to court. Lastly, jeans, t-shirts and trainers will not be accepted as court clothes.

A printable version of this Visitors' Guide is available for download here: Spring Hill

Further Information

If you are worried about your loved one while they are a resident at this prison, you can contact the Safer Custody team on 01296 445 335. This line is operated by staff 24/7 and covers both HMP Grendon and HMP Springhill.

This guide includes information that you may find useful for the duration of the time your family or friend is a resident at HMP Spring Hill. 

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/spring-hill or you can ring the main switchboard on 01296 445 000.

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]