Swaleside Prison Family Support Services

At HMP Swaleside Spurgeons runs family days and children's visits for residents and their families. Spurgeons staff (based in the Visitors 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

''The staff in the visitor centre are always so friendly and polite.''

''They are an excellent team, friendly, helpful and always smiling.''

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 Swaleside 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 Visitors Centre, HMP Swaleside, Brabazon Road, Eastchurch, Isle of Sheppey, Kent, ME12 4AX.

01795 804081

Getting here

By bus: From Sheerness (on Bridge Road, opposite the Railway Station), take Arriva Kent and Surrey bus 362 towards Leysdown. Alight at Eastchurch Prisons, which is adjacent to the fire station (on Church Road). Continue along the road towards HM Prisons. HMP Swaleside is on the left at the mini roundabout.

By train: The nearest stations are Queenborough and Sheerness. Taxis are available outside Sheerness train station. If you arrive at Queenborough you will need to book taxis either before or on arrival to the station. The journey is around 8 miles. 

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

Disabled access

The visitors centre is wheelchair accessible.

Visitors leaflet

Download a printable copy of our visitors information leaflet for Swaleside Prison Family Services

Safer Custody Team

If you are concerned about someone in HMP Swaleside you can contact the Safer Custody Team on the number below.

01795 804295

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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