15 Jan Detailed guide: Kirkham Prison
Book and plan your visit to Kirkham
To visit someone in Kirkham you must:
- be on that person’s visitor list
- book your visit at least 24 hours in advance
- have the required ID with you when you go
At least one visitor must be 18 or older at every visit.
Residents are allowed one visit a week.
Contact Kirkham if you have any questions about visiting.
Help with the cost of your visit
If you get certain benefits or have an NHS health certificate, you might be able to get help with the costs of your visit, including:
- travel to Kirkham
- somewhere to stay overnight
How to book family and friends visits
You can book your visit online.
Kirkham residents are also able to book their own visits.
Enquiries only: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Friday: 1pm to 3:30pm
- Saturday: 1pm to 3:30pm
- Sunday: 1pm to 3:30pm
How to book legal and professional visits
You must book legal visits by email: email@example.com
Visits are on Thursday from 9:30am to 11:30am.
Getting to Kirkham
The closest railway station is Kirkham & Wesham, which is about 2 miles from Kirkham Prison. Local buses running between Preston and Blackpool stop in Kirkham.
To plan your journey by public transport:
There is a visitors car park, including spaces for Blue Badge holders.
All visitors aged 16 and older need to bring one of the following types of photo ID:
- driving licence
- benefit book
- senior citizen’s public transport pass
- annual public transport season ticket (with photo card)
- employer ID card (if it shows the name of the visitor and the employer)
- European Community identity card
All visitors will be given a pat-down search, including children. You may also be sniffed by security dogs.
Visitors should dress appropriately. You may be turned away if you are wearing items like vests, low-cut tops, short skirts or clothes with offensive statements on them.
Each adult visitor is allowed to take in a maximum of £20 in coins (notes are not allowed). The money can be used to buy food and drink from the snack bar in the visiting hall.
There are strict controls on what you can take into Kirkham. You will have to leave most of the things you have with you in a locker or with security. This includes pushchairs and car seats.
You will be told the rules by an officer at the start of your visit. If you break the rules, your visit could be cancelled and you could be banned from visiting again.
A visitors centre is open on visiting days. It includes a snack bar and a children’s play area. A family worker is on hand to offer support and advice to families and friends before and during visits.
Kirkham holds at least 6 family days a year to give residents more time to spend time with their children in a more relaxed setting. These take place during local school holidays.
Residents can apply for these visits.
Keep in touch with someone at Kirkham
There are several ways you can keep in touch with a resident during their time at Kirkham.
Residents do not have phones in their rooms so they will always have to call you. They have access to telephones on their unit 24 hours a day. They have to buy phone credits to use them.
They can phone anyone named on their list of friends and family. These names are screened and approved in advance by security.
You can also exchange voicemails using the Prison Voicemail service.
Officers may listen to phone calls as a way of preventing crime and helping keep people safe.
You can send emails to someone in Kirkham using the Email a Prisoner service.
You might also be able to attach photos and receive replies from the resident, depending on the rules at Kirkham.
You can write at any time.
Include the person’s name and prisoner number on the envelope.
If you do not know their prisoner number, contact Kirkham.
All post apart from legal letters will be opened and checked by officers.
Send money and gifts
You can use the free and fast online service to send money to someone in prison.
You can also send:
- postal orders
Postal orders and cheques should be made payable to ‘NOMS’ and include the resident’s name and prisoner number on the back.
Gifts and parcels
People in Kirkham are able to buy approved items from a catalogue on their unit.
Family and friends can:
- hand in underwear for the resident before the start of a visit
- send other types of clothing by post to the prison if the resident has asked for permission to receive a parcel first
Make sure to include the person’s name and prisoner number on the parcel.
All parcels will be opened and checked by officers.
Contact Kirkham if you have any questions.
Life at Kirkham
Kirkham is committed to providing a safe and educational environment where men can learn new skills to help them on release.
Security and safeguarding
Every person at Kirkham has a right to feel safe. The staff are responsible for their safeguarding and welfare at all times.
All safeguarding processes are overseen by the Kirkham community safety and equalities team in partnership with the Lancashire Safeguarding Adults Board.
Arrival and first night
When a resident first arrives at Kirkham, they will be able to contact a family member by phone. This could be quite late in the evening, depending on the time they arrive.
They will get to speak to someone who will check how they’re feeling and ask about any immediate health and wellbeing needs.
Each person who arrives at Kirkham gets an induction that lasts a couple of days. They will meet professionals who will help them with:
- health and wellbeing, including mental and sexual health
- any substance misuse issues, including drugs and alcohol
- personal development in custody and on release, including skills, education and training
- planning for their release
They will receive a gym induction and get a tour of the facility by a fellow resident.
Everyone also finds out about the rules, fire safety, and how things like calls and visits work.
Around 650 men live at Kirkham in 24 units. Each unit has at least 1 telephone and a kitchen with a fridge, microwave, toaster and hot water boiler.
There are specific units for residents who are accessing substance misuse services, in the Custody to Work programme, or over 40 years old. There is also accommodation for residents with accessibility needs including wheelchair access.
Residents have access to a gym that includes weights, fitness equipment and snooker, pool and table tennis tables. Outdoor spaces include a bowling green and gym trail.
Kirkham has a diverse, multi-faith chaplaincy team providing support to residents.
People cannot smoke in any building at Kirkham.
Education and work
People in Kirkham have access to a diverse range of learning, training and employment opportunities.
Qualifications are available in classroom-based subjects as well as vocational subjects like bricklaying, painting and decorating, industrial cleaning and fork-lift truck driving.
Residents can work in horticulture, gardening, waste management, catering, timber, industrial cleaning and community work. There are also opportunities to work with private businesses that have set up partnerships with Kirkham.
Kirkham PE department runs Kirkham Integrated Stroke Support (KISS), a charity that trains residents to provide rehabilitation to local people following a stroke. Local NHS stroke units, GPs and medical professionals regularly refer patients to the service.
Residents may be considered for temporary release with the proper checks and planning.
Residents can also qualify for Kirkham’s Custody to Work programme. This allows them to work in the community with a number of local and national employers later on in their sentence. These opportunities can lead to jobs after release.
Support for family and friends
Find out about advice and helplines for family and friends.
Problems and complaints
If you have a problem contact Kirkham. If you can’t resolve the problem directly, you can make a complaint to HM Prison and Probation Service.
HM Prison and Probation Service publishes action plans for Kirkham in response to independent inspections.
Governor: Derek Harrison
Telephone (24 hours): 01772 675 400
Fax: 01772 675 401
Find out about call charges
Confidential support line
If you have concerns about the safety or wellbeing of a man in Kirkham, call the confidential support line. This is an answerphone service that is checked daily. Leave as much information as possible and a telephone number for staff to call you back.
Telephone: 0800 5280 248
Find out about call charges
In an emergency, call 01772 675 521.
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