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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.

Our Purpose

Families Outside works to improve outcomes for children and families affected by imprisonment.

Imprisonment is a traumatic experience for families, and its impact is often significant and enduring. We provide help, advice & support for families of prisoners; assisting families with someone in prison through our Support & Information Helpline as well as through direct one-to-one support. We also inform the development of policy and practice, through our-long standing relationships with prisons, government bodies and other charities.

Relative in Prison?

We can help. We provide confidential support and advice through our helpline for prisoners’ families, the Support & Information Helpline. We also have a FAQs & Jargon page which will answer the most commonly asked questions which arise when a family member is imprisoned.

Effects of imprisonment on an prisoner’s family

Learn more about the experiences of other families who have been through the same thing and how we helped them cope with a family member in prison.

More about our organisation…

Find out more about Families Outside, our charitable status, and the work we do to alleviate the distress of families with a family member in prison.

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