Watch … the videos about families affected by imprisonment

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Child Diary

The experience of having a mother, father, brother, sister, other family relative or even a friend go to prison can be incredibly traumatic for a child. Families Outside works with children and families affected by imprisonment across Scotland and have done so for the last 25 years. With our own awareness of the difficulties these often marginalised children face, Families Outside has created a publication aimed at addressing the very real difficulties experienced by young children in such distressing circumstances.

Ollie’s Story

Listen to the real life story of Ollie, a boy whose home was raided by police when his dad was arrested.

KIN Project – First Words

The video, First Words, see young people talking about their personal experiences of having a family member in prison in Scotland.

The Voices of Children Affected by Imprisonment

The COPE (Children Of Prisoners Europe) Annual Conference 2014 was hosted in Scotland by COPE member, Families Outside. During the conference audio/video clips were played highlighting the plight of children affected by imprisonment throughout the world. This video will allow you to now hear their powerful voices.

It’s Time To Act

Within the Council of Europe countries, an estimated 2.1 million children have a parent in prison: equivalent to the population of a small country. These 2.1 million children often suffer at all stages of the criminal justice process, from the initial arrest to resettlement.

It’s No Holiday

It’s No Holiday explores young people’s experiences of having a family member sent to prison. The film is an awareness raising and training resource which can be used with a range of audiences, form social work to school teachers, from police to lawyers. We hope that the film will encourage agencies to take action and, where necessary, improve their response to young people affected by imprisonment.

A postcard for the film is also available. Please contact us for copies of this.

It’s No Holiday (subtitled)

It's No Holiday

Reversible thinking

Our Reversible Thinking video challenges perceptions about young people’s life chances when they have a relative in prison.

Families and The Media

One of our Regional Family Support Coordinator’s talks to a family member about her experience with the media and the impact this had on the lives of herself and her family.

“The media…don’t care about the affect it has on you, the person who’s actually in trouble and their family. They get the worst affects of the media because they just want to make a story they don’t care about the actual truth.”

Children of prisoners

Children with a family member in prison have rights too.

27,000 Voices

Approximately 27,000 children are separated from an imprisoned parent each year in Scotland. This means that about twice as many children each year experience a parent’s imprisonment than a parent’s divorce.

800,000 Voices

Giving a voice to children of prisoners, produced by Children of Prisoners Europe following the production of Families Outside’s 27,000 Voices.

Rebalancing the Scales

COPE has produced an awareness-raising video aimed specifically at lawyers and the judiciary to help increase the visibility of child rights when parents are sent to prison.

25 Years of Families Outside

Families Outside is the only national charity in Scotland that works solely to support the families of people affected by imprisonment. In 2016 we celebrated 25 years of providing this vital service. Listen to a few of the voices of those who have worked with and been supported by Families Outside over the last two and a half decades.


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