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Children Visiting

Can I Bring Children to a Prison Visit?

Yes, if you are the child's parent or legal guardian and you are an approved visitor you may bring your children in to visit. You must have included the children's details on your application to visit a prisoner. For more information see our page visiting a prison.

Do Children Need ID?

Yes, you will need to provide identification for the child at every visit. This identification can be a current Medicare Card, Healthcare Card, Concession Card or birth certificate with the child's name on it.

What is There for Children to Do in the Visit?

The contact visit areas in each of the prisons have limited toys and play facilities for young children. It is suggested that when children are brought in to visit that most of the visit time is spent playing with the children, otherwise the children get bored and disruptive. When the adults have issues that they need to discuss without the disruption of children it is best to find alternative care arrangements for the children.

All visitors are asked to keep an eye on their children to ensure they do not interfere with or disturb other visitors or prisoners during the visit period. At the end of the visit any toys or books used by the children should be put away.

Can I Bring Something for the Children to Eat and Drink During the Visit?

You can bring in one bottle for babies and infants. Unfortunately, to limit the introduction of banned items into the prison the rules state that you cannot bring in other food. Some contact visit areas have vending machines where you can purchase snacks and drinks. To use these vending machines you will need to purchase tokens from the Visitor Reception Centre before you enter the visit area.

I Don't Want to Visit, but the Children Do, Can Someone Else Take Them in to Visit?

Yes, an individual can apply for special permission to accompany a child other than their own to a visit. That person must however be an approved visitor to do so and have permission from the child's parent or legal guardian.

Ask staff at the Visitor Reception Centre for a 'Minor Visitor Authorisation' request form.

I'm 17 and Independent. Why Can't I Visit Without an Adult?

The rules are that all persons under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult when they are visiting someone in the prison. In exceptional circumstances you may apply to the Director of Prisons for an exemption to this rule.

Note

This information is a guide only and may be subject to change, any information you receive from prison staff overrides this guide and must be followed.