Families Outside is an independent charity which has been helping prisoners’ families in Scotland for over 20 years. We offer support and information to families affected by imprisonment.
More children in Scotland each year experience a parent’s imprisonment than a parent’s divorce.
“My son and his father had no contact for 6 months… I was scared to build up a bond again between them as I knew he would be going to prison again.”
The family is not guilty; anyone can have a family member go to prison.
“My family and friends don’t agree with me standing by my partner, therefore I don’t have any support.”
Imprisonment affects more than the prisoner.
“My family has been torn apart, my wife and I have separated, my daughter and her family’s relationship with myself is very strained, and her relationship with her mother is over.”
We can help.
“When my husband was in Edinburgh, I was told about Families Outside who guided me through some issues I was having with the prison and listened to me when I needed someone to talk things through with.”