North Sea Camp Prison

North Sea Camp is an open prison for men aged 18 and over in Boston, Lincolnshire.

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Prison social visits are temporarily suspended at North Sea Camp following national lockdown. We will update here as soon as this changes. There may be the opportunity for visits under exceptional compassionate reasons which should be agreed in advance with the prison prior to travel.

Find out more about visiting someone in prison during the COVID-19 pandemic. You can also follow @HMPPS on Twitter and read a rolling update page.

There are a number of other ways to contact someone in prison if you are unable to visit them. You can: * leave a voice message using the Prison Voicemail Service * send them an email using the email a prisoner service * write to them * Secure video calling is available at this prison. Family and friends need to download the purple visits app, create an account, register all visitors, and add the prisoner to their contact list. Read more about how it works

You can also contact the Prisoners’ Families Helpline on 0808 808 2003.

Keep in touch with someone at North Sea Camp

There are several ways you can keep in touch with a resident during their time at North Sea Camp.

Secure video calls

Secure video calling is available at this prison. Family and friends need to download the purple visits app, create an account, register all visitors, and add the prisoner to their contact list.

Read more about how it works

Phone calls

Residents do not have phones in their rooms so they will always have to call you. They have to buy phone credits to do this. Residents can call between 7am and 11.45pm.

They can phone anyone named on their list of friends and family. This list is checked by security when they first arrive so it may take a few days before they are able to call.

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 North Sea Camp 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 North Sea Camp.


You can write to a resident at any time.

Include the person’s name and prison number on the envelope.

If you do not know their prison number, contact North Sea Camp.

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
  • cheques
  • cash

Postal orders and cheques should be made payable to ‘The Governor’ and include the resident’s name and prison number on the back.

You also need to put your name and address in the envelope with the postal order, cheque or cash.

Gifts and parcels

People in North Sea Camp are given a list of approved items that can be sent to them as gifts. The resident needs to apply for the ‘56 day’ parcel. Items can only be sent in 56 days from the day the resident arrived at the prison.

Contact North Sea Camp for more information on what’s allowed.

Make sure to include the person’s name and prison number on the parcel.

All parcels will be opened and checked by officers.

Life at North Sea Camp

North Sea Camp is committed to providing a safe and educational environment where men can learn new skills to help them on release.

As an open prison, its main focus is on resettling the residents and getting them used to working in the community. There is a job club and Jobcentre Plus, self-employment classes and paid opportunities to work outside prison.

Security and safeguarding

Every person at North Sea Camp has a right to feel safe. The staff are responsible for their safeguarding and welfare at all times.

All safeguarding processes are overseen by Lincolnshire Safeguarding Adults Board.

Arrival and first night

When a resident first arrives at North Sea Camp, 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 speak to someone who will check how they’re feeling and ask about any immediate health and wellbeing needs.


Each person who arrives at North Sea Camp gets an induction that lasts about a week. 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
  • other support (sometimes called ‘interventions’), such as managing difficult emotions
  • offender management processes, including guidance on release on temporary licence (ROTL), parole and home detention curfew

Everyone also finds out about the rules, fire safety and how things like calls and visits work.


The North and South units were originally dormitories that have been converted to smaller multi-occupancy rooms. Most have 2 residents in each room but have some bigger dormitories, used mostly for the induction of new residents.

All accommodation is non-smoking, but there are smoking areas open from 7am to 10pm.

There is disabled shower access on the North unit.

There are 6 single rooms on the South unit that are generally allocated to residents who have shown a continuous period of ‘enhanced’ behaviour.

The Harrison and Llewellin temporary units accommodate 60 residents each. 40 of the rooms are singles, the other 40 rooms have 2 residents in each room.

The Jubilee accommodation is made up of 5 houses, 4 of which are on the outer borders of the prison estate, while the other is closer to the prison. This is to encourage residents to engage with their rehabilitation and to incentivise good behaviour.

There is an emphasis on allowing residents to develop independent living skills when living in the Jubilee houses. Residents have access to fridges and cooking facilities. Nine of the rooms are singles, the other 29 rooms house 2 residents. They take part in restorative justice work, attend offending behaviour programmes and engage in activity and employment in preparation for release.

Education and work

Full and part-time education courses cover functional skills qualifications.

All residents are encouraged to achieve their level 2 maths and English.

Other courses include IT and personal development, along with workshops in painting, decorating, streetwork, warehousing, health and safety, recycling and bricklaying. NVQs are available in catering.

Residents are also offered support with business, Virtual Campus, distance learning, art, employability and resettlement.

Farms and gardens offer courses in horticulture, tractor driving, lawnmower repair, animal care and fork-lift truck driving.

External training opportunities are available as part of the resettlement packages. Weekend courses are also available including food safety, health and safety and IT.

Educational facilities are open all day, evenings and at weekends to allow maximum participation from residents and to allow those working in the community to continue their learning.

With a strong emphasis on resettlement in the community, almost a third of residents do community or paid work.

There is also drug and alcohol support and counselling.

Courses such as anger management and thinking skills and short-duration programmes are offered in the community to some of the residents.

A ‘listener’ scheme operates for men who are considered to be at risk of suicide or self-harm.

Residents help with the care and supervision of local special needs groups (adults and children) who come to the prison on a weekly basis.

Temporary release

Release on temporary licence (ROTL) is a large part of life at North Sea Camp. The focus is on residents moving from custody to community. Reintegration is achieved through a re-settlement programme, training and unpaid work opportunities.

With the resident’s permission, the Lincolnshire Action Trust (LAT) offers advice and help to families about how ROTL will work.

The prison works closely with Jobcentre Plus, external training providers and local and national businesses. With the New Futures Network, work is arranged while on day release.

Our resident-led job club advertises its current internal and external opportunities and guides other residents through application processes.

The re-settlement programme offers a business course for residents hoping to be self employed, covering aspects of finance, planning and business proposals.

It also helps maintain family ties and to complete practical tasks like getting a driving licence and opening a bank account.

The Governor recognises the achievements of the residents as they prepare for release. They have an informal ceremony in their final week where they discuss past experiences and hopes for the future.

Organisations North Sea Camp Prison works with

The prison works with Shelter which offers housing advice for residents in the 12 weeks before release.

St Barnabas offers bereavement counselling on a one-to-one basis or in group sessions.

Support for family and friends

Find out about advice and helplines for family and friends.

Support is also available from the Lincolnshire Action Trust.

If you need support, information and advice about keeping in contact, please call the LAT Children and Families Team on 01522 663355.

Support at North Sea Camp

The prison encourages family and friends to join in stages of the resident’s sentence, for example, to their sentence planning review process and to any parole hearings.

Problems and complaints

If you have a problem contact North Sea Camp. If you can’t resolve the problem directly, you can make a complaint to HM Prison and Probation Service.

Contact North Sea Camp

Governor: Michelle Quirke

Telephone: 01205 769 300
Fax: 01205 769 301
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HMP North Sea Camp
Croppers Lane
PE22 0QX

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Safer custody hotline

Safer custody telephone: 01205 769 359
24 hour answerphone

If you are concerned for the welfare of a resident at North Sea Camp with regard to self-harm or violence, contact the prison using this number.

The answerphone is checked day and night. Leave a message and a member of staff will return your call as soon as they can.

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Published 18 December 2019
Last updated 21 December 2020 + show all updates
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