Families Outside – supporting families affected by imprisonment
When an individual is arrested, found guilty and sent to prison society breathes a sigh of relief – the perpetrator is being punished and the people are being protected.
But what about the families that are being left behind? The parents, partners, siblings and, perhaps most importantly, the 27,000 children in Scotland who have a parent in prison.
They are innocent, but are often treated as though they are guilty. They feel stigma, rejection, victimisation and rarely know who to turn to for help.
At Families Outside, the only charity in Scotland to support families affected by imprisonment, we speak to thousands of these families providing information and support on issues such as housing, finance, anxiety and depression.
Our Helpline, 0800 254 0088, provides impartial advice and support and is often the first port of call for families looking for help.
If family members require more in-depth support our Regional Family Support Team are on hand throughout Scotland and can offer direct, face to face support until a positive outcome is reached.
We also provide tools, resources and training to those individuals and groups who come into contact with families affected by imprisonment. From prison staff and social workers to health care professionals and teachers our bespoke training sessions increase the awareness of the issues and challenges faced by families and ensure that they continue receive the support they need.
For more information, or to speak to someone who can help please call our helpline on 0800 254 0088 or visit www.familiesoutside.org.uk.