Ford prison visiting information

Social visits

Wed: 18:00 - 20:00
Fri: 14:00 - 16:00
Sat: 14:00 - 16:00
Sun: 14:00 - 16:00

Booking online

To book online, visit:

All you need is:

  • the name and date of birth of the person you are visiting
  • their prisoner number

You can choose up to 3 possible dates and times. Prison booking staff will check what’s available and confirm your visit by email. You’ll also receive your visiting order (VO) number by email. You must bring this with you when you visit.

If you've made an online visit booking request and haven't received a confirmation email within 1-3 working days, please email

If you've made an online visit booking request and haven't received a confirmation email within 1-3 working days, please email Social Visits, Ford.

Additional information: Extended family visits are available every few weeks.

The Visits Hall has a tea bar called Connexions and a baby changing room. There is a children’s play area which in the week is supported by local Mothers Union volunteers.

You may be entitled to help with your travel expenses. Please visit the Assisted Prison Visits Scheme page for more information.

Official visits

Wed: 09:00 - 11:45 (from 1 July this session will no longer be offered)
Fri: 09:00 - 11:45

Booking information: Appointments can be made by contacting Communications on 01903 663000 and asking for legal visits. Bookings should be made between 14:00 & 16:00.

Family Days: Family Days run during West Sussex school holidays. These are extended visits days from 1000-1500hrs. A variety of entertainment is provided for the children such as a magician, bouncy castle, face painting, animal roadshow, library book bus or children’s entertainer. Family Days are often themed around the seasonal events such as Easter, Halloween, Christmas etc and we also hold Family Days dedicated to the DART service users, Gypsy, Traveller and Romany and Black History month. In summer an outside area is also available for Family Visits.

Prison Voicemail service

Social contacts can exchange voicemails with prisoners through the Prison Voicemail service, which is available at this establishment. Family members or friends sign up online and are given a unique landline phone number which they can call at any time to leave messages. The prisoner dials the same number from within the prison to listen and reply. You can find more information including pricing at

Release on Temporary License (ROTL) and Risk Assessments: Prisoners eligible for ROTL will initially need to have a 12 week “lay-down” period after arrival at Ford. During this 12 weeks they will meet regularly with their offender supervisor to update their Oasys, develop their Resettlement Plan and also undertake a strict risk assessment which will form the basis of ROTL decisions.

Prisoners will usually start with Resettlement Day Release, progressing, if there is sufficient time on their sentence, to Resettlement Overnight Release. Life Sentence and IPP Prisoners will follow individual timescales determined by Parole Board notifications. ROTL may be considered for Community Service, Work Experience and Paid Work, with all decisions based on a rigorous risk assessment and evidence of incremental progress. Every prisoner will be assessed in accordance with their individual circumstances.

Each prisoner’s risk and progress will be reviewed at least 6 monthly, while Life Sentence and IPP prisoners will have their progress reviewed every 4 months by a Lifer Progress Board. Every prisoner at Ford can expect to see their Offender Supervisor regularly.

How to get there:

  • Train: The nearest train station is 1 mile away. The journey can be completed by taxi or a 15-20 minute walk.
  • Bus: There is no bus service to the prison.
  • Car: From the North: A29 to Arundel roundabout, A27 - take 4th turning signposted FORD - prison is 1 mile after railway station.
  • From West: M27 - A27 Arundel roundabout, directions as above.
  • From East: A27 to Arundel, direction as above.
  • From South: A259 Littlehampton (East) Bognor Regis (West); turn North (right from East; left from West) at Ford, Clymping roundabout; prison approximately half a mile.
  • There is a visitors' car park.
Her Majesty's Prison & Probation Service


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