Immigration Removal Centres

Visits Centre

Children’s Links run the visits centre at IRC Morton Hall in Lincolnshire, being responsible for booking visits and doing id checks for social and official visitors. We supervise an unstaffed play area that has positive activities for children of all ages.
We also offer refreshments.

Our staff are able to provide visitors with lots of information about the procedures when they book visits and help them to cope with the process when they arrive. They provide a friendly face and a listening ear and are able to signpost visitors with welfare queries to our Family Support team and other agencies.

Visit Hall

A trained play worker is based in the visits hall during every domestic visits session. They ensure that there are a range of positive play activities for children of all ages. In addition to ensuring that there is a well equipped play area they encourage greater interaction between children and parents with table top activity packs.
In addition to normal visits we run regular themed-family visits sessions. These have a real family focus and include a range of fun family challenges.

Family Support Workers

Children’s Links Family Support Workers provide welfare support to detainees and their families. They run drop in sessions in a public space within the centre every morning and have one to one meetings with detainees in an afternoon. They also provide welfare support to visiting families.

Our staff have supported detainees with a range of issues including contact with children and family members, property issues, signposting to specialist immigration advisers, giving advice regarding re-integration into the country being returned to, other legal issues, healthcare, finance support and explaining the visiting process.

Visitor Information Service

Detainees undergo an induction programme upon arrival in Morton Hall to explain why they have been detained - friends or relatives do not.
With this in mind, Children’s Links can offer a Visitor Information Service. We can try to provide answers to the following questions:

  • What does immigration detention mean?
  • How do we apply for bail and what does it involve?
  • How can we find a solicitor to help?
  • How do we know if the solicitor is doing a good job?
  • How do we help the Detainee return to their country of origin?
  • What are the appeal processes?
  • Can we still get married?
  • What is life like in Morton Hall?
  • How can the Detainee transfer somewhere nearer the visitor’s address?

We cannot provide the following information:

  • Specific case information about a detainee
  • Casework or specific immigration advice

You can access this service by telephoning 01522 861819 (answer-phone service - please leave a message with your query & contact number and we will aim to reply within 24 hours) or email vismh@childrenslinks.org.uk

You can speak to a Children’s Links Family Support and Settlement Officer directly between 1 and 2pm, any day of the week, at Octavia Hill Visits Centre, Morton Hall.