Guidance

Parc Prison and Young Offender Institute

Parc is a privately run prison and young offender institute (YOI) in Bridgend, South Wales.

Parc is now offering visits for family, friends and significant others, in line with stage 3 of the National Framework for Prisons.

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.

Visitors will be asked to take a rapid COVID-19 test. This will be voluntary. Read more about how it will work.

There are a number of other ways to contact someone in prison if you are unable to visit them. You can:

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

Visitor testing

Since April last year we have been testing staff and those living in custody, to identify people with and without symptoms of COVID-19 and prevent the spread of infection.

We now want to see what impact visitor testing has on preventing the spread of infection. We are expanding our current testing for people living and working in prisons and will pilot voluntary visitor and prisoner rapid testing in Parc.

These tests are voluntary and you will not be denied a visit if you don’t want a test. However, taking part in the pilot will help prevent infections from coming into the prison, and keep visits running. It will also support our efforts to move towards a more flexible prison regime and a more relaxed visits environment.

Taking a test

  • You will be asked to take a rapid test the day before you are due to visit and show evidence of a negative result either through a photo on your phone or through an email
  • We will also be offering the person you are visiting a rapid test the day before you are due to visit
  • You will then be asked to take a second rapid test on arrival at the prison. Visitors should allow for around 45 minutes to have their test done
  • The test and results should be uploaded on the NHS website while you are at the prison. You should do this using your mobile phone, or on a phone provided by us
  • You will be able to test and upload the results to the NHS website yourself and we will not hold any data about your test result
  • If you do not upload the results at the prison, they must be uploaded to the NHS website within 7 days. Positive results must be uploaded within 24 hours
  • You should not take the test if you have had a confirmed case of coronavirus within the last 90 days as it may return a false positive

Testing negative

If the test is negative, you can continue with your visit. All visitors will still have to wear a mask and follow social distancing measures.

This is because although rapid tests reduce the risk you will transmit COVID-19, they do not catch all cases, and a risk still remains. This is also in line with the current rules in place in the community.

Testing positive

  • If you test positive, then your visit will need to be postponed until after the isolation period ends
  • You will need to return home, ideally avoiding public transport, and book a PCR (or lab) test
  • We will speak to the person in custody who was expecting a visit and let them know what has happened
  • A postponed visit won’t be taken out of an individual’s visit allocation

Do my children need to take part in the testing?

Children under the age of 11 don’t need to take part in the testing.

Secondary school children will be offered a test, in line with community testing. This is voluntary and will not impact on their ability to take part in the visit.

Will I still need to follow the social distancing measures in prison?

We currently need to continue with all of the preventative measures in place such as social distancing and wearing masks, even if your test result is negative.

This is because although rapid tests reduce the risk you will transmit COVID-19, they do not catch all cases, and a risk still remains. This is also in line with the current rules in place in the community.

Taking part in this testing will help keep you and your families safe. It will also allow us to move towards a more relaxed visits environment for you to enjoy with your families.

Visiting

Parc is managed by G4S.

For details on when and how to arrange visits, understand how the prison is run and how to get in contact, visit Parc Prison.

Published 15 January 2020
Last updated 7 April 2021 + show all updates
  1. Prison moved into National Stage 3 framework and is now preparing to open visits for family, friends and significant others. We will update this page with specific visiting information as soon as possible.

  2. Updated visiting information in line with coronavirus restrictions

  3. Updated visiting information message

  4. Updated visiting information.

  5. Updated visiting information in line with coronavirus restrictions.

  6. Updated visiting times and visiting procedure changes in line with coronavirus restrictions.

  7. Prisons visits update

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