Bringing Children on Visits to Ashworth Hospital

We are committed to supporting contact and strengthening family ties for children who are separated from their fathers and close relatives and we will support contact whenever it is in the child's best interest and supports their wishes and feelings.

We have a dedicated member of staff who will offer guidance and a family room well equipped to meet the needs of children. A team of trained staff will be present for the visit and ensure that contact is supervised at all times.

The welfare of children is paramount and requests for contact between patients and children are carefully scrutinised to ensure the interests of the child are protected. Visits take place in accordance with Directions set out by the Department of Health:

Department of Health directions

https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/268546/Child_Visiting_Directions.pdf

Watch our Child Visiting DVD (link to DVD)

Arranging a visit