Standford Hill Prison Family Support Services

At HMP Standford Hill Spurgeons runs family days, parenting courses for prisoners and provide special children's activities on visits such as Homework Clubs. A Spurgeons Family Service Worker (based in the Resettlement Centre) and our partner organisations will be on hand before, during and after your visit to offer advice and support.

Due to Covid-19 some services we usually provide have been suspended but we are finding safe ways to keep the communication going between dads and their families. Please contact the Spurgeons team for more information.

Top Tips for Families

Information on supporting a child with a parent in prison

Family Days

Read about our family day activities

''Everything was so lovely, excellent atmosphere, a brilliant day.''

''Thank you for making it so special for the whole family, it means a lot.''

''A good welcome environment.''

CYPN 2021 Awards Logo

Spurgeons' Prison-based family support services on the Isle of Sheppey were highly commended in the Family Support category at the 2021 Children & Young People Now Awards.

Important Coronavirus (Covid-19) Update

The Gov.uk website has put together some frequently asked questions and responses relating to friends and family of prisoners during the coronavirus outbreak.

Purple Visits

Purple Visits are available at HMP Standford Hill and is a secure way to video call with those in custody.

Contact details

Our Spurgeons colleagues would be happy to answer any questions you may have, you can get in touch with us through the following options:

Spurgeons, HMP Standford Hill, Church Road, Eastchurch, Isle of Sheppey, Kent, ME12 4AA

Getting here

By bus: Chalkwell operate a coach service from Sittingbourne station, which runs once a day, Monday to Friday (bus 322). On Saturdays, buses run from Sheerness station (buses 364/367).

By train: The nearest station is Sheerness, approx. 8 miles from the prison. Buses and taxis are available from the station. You can also take a bus or taxi from Sittingbourne station.

By car: From the M2 or M20, follow the A249 towards Sittingbourne and Sheerness.  At the end of the dual carriageway, head towards Minster and Eastchurch. Shortly after the Sheerness Rugby Club, take the 2nd exit at the roundabout and then 3rd exit at the next roundabout, onto Church Road. You will then see signs to the prison. 


Free parking is available at the prison, including spaces for Blue Badge holders.

Disabled access

There is disabled access to the prison and parking for those with Blue Badges.

Spurgeons at HMP Standford Hill booklet

Download a printable copy of our booklet on Spurgeons services at HMP Standford Hill.

Safer Custody Team

If you are concerned about someone in HMP Standford Hill you can contact the Safer Custody hotline on the number below.

0800 692 0170

Support for families

Spurgeons delivers a variety of activities and programmes to support both fathers in prison and their families.


Offering a Helping Hand

Read our guide to supporting those affected by IPP sentences


Family days

Our family days are a way for children to connect with their parent in prison


Top Tips for Families

Read our guide to supporting a child with a parent in prison


Further Information

Support services and useful links for families affected by imprisonment


Volunteering at a Spurgeons Prison-Based Family Support service can be a great way to support prisoners and families affected by imprisonment as well as the local community.


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