We work with thousands of family members each year via our Helpline and through our 1:1 Support / Family Support Coordinators, helping them with issues such as housing, finance, travel, and health.
One of the greatest challenges for families affected by imprisonment is the feeling of isolation as they face these issues.
It is important, however, to remember that you are not alone, and here is your opportunity to read, watch, and listen to others who have similar experience. If you have a story you would like to share, please Contact Us.
The following videos, audio clips, and stories are all real accounts of issues that family members have faced and aim to show that you are not alone.
Depression, Anxiety, and School Issues
Shunned by her community, friends, and family, Jane struggled to balance work and family life.
Short-Term Sentence – Building Bonds with Kids
Brian had been made redundant and could not find a job. He got depressed and started to use alcohol as a coping mechanism.
Step by step
The voices of three family members telling of their experience during arrest, court and, release & resettlement.
I was fifteen when my big brother first went to prison
A young girl explains how she felt when her brother went to prison, how she tried to keep in contact.
A Spouse’s Story
My story started one evening when there was a knock at the door and a gang of policemen came to arrest my partner.
A Mum’s Story
John has difficulties at school. His dad has been in prison all John’s life, but John didn’t know why. He wants to know more.
I am really grateful for the help and support offered by Families Outside at a time when I was a very lost soul.
Police Scotland’s Early Intervention Team
Anna was fifteen when she was referred to us by a police early intervention team.
A mother’s concern for her son’s mental health
Susie contacted us after her son was sentenced to Polmont Young Offenders Institution.
A family member explains how families are also victims after her sister went to prison, leaving three children behind.
Families and the Media
A family member speaks of her experience with the media and the negative impacts that it has had on her family.
Losing access to children
A former prisoner explains how she lost access to her children and how, even now, she see them under supervised contact.
Playing Our Part
Reflections from different families on the experience of having a substance misusing member of the family go to prison.
Adjusting, Adjusting and Re-adjusting
The voices of different families talking about their journey through the experience of having relative in prison.
Adjusting to a new life
A girl loses her dad to a long prison sentence. Struggling to adjust, appropriate interventions by services working together helped improve the girl’s life.
I Have A Right To Privacy
Interview with a family member on the harm caused by printing private addresses of families of those imprisoned in the media. #NoAddressInThePress
Keeping Families Together. UNCRC, Article 12 from MyTime Scotland
In this video a young person from Families Outside’s peer support group, MyTime Scotland, discusses her views on Article 12 – Respect for Children’s Views.
Keeping Families Together. UNCRC, Article 9 from MyTime Scotland
A young person from Families Outside’s peer support group, MyTime Scotland, shares her views on the UNCRC, Article 9 – Keeping Families Together.
Best Interests of the Child. UNCRC, Article 3
In this video a boy shares his views on the UNCRC, Article 3 – Best Interests of the Child, where adults should consider a child in making choices affecting them.
Respect for Children’s Views. UNCRC, Article 12
In this video a boy shares his views of the UNCRC, Article 12 – Respect for Children’s Views where children have the right to give their opinions freely on issues affecting them.
Keeping Families Together. UNCRC, Article 9
In this video three young people share their views with you on the UNCRC, Article 9 – Keeping Families Together
No Discrimination. UNCRC, Article 2
In this video a 14 year old talks about the UNCRC, Article 2 and why it is important to her and other young people affected by imprisonment.
Blame, Guilt & Grief
A father tells the story of having his son sent to prison, how he and his wife were confronted with feelings of guilt, sorrow and despair. Was this their fault?
What is a Victim?
A mother’s story of her son’s imprisonment: that families of those convicted are victims too, dealing with heart-breaking feelings day after day.
Family Support – Why We Do What We Do
An account of the complexity and diversity of support our Reg. Family Support Coordinators provide to children and families affected by imprisonment.
The Powerful Story of a Friend of Families Outside
A mother tells the story of her son going to prison: the stress of the life she led through three years until his release, where problems continued with the system.
A young person’s own words: talking about the shock of her father’s arrest, the trial and imprisonment, before his release and the reuniting of the family.
Locked up in Lockdown
Lack of contact with family is a lockdown concern for prisoners. With only a ½ hour out of their cells, they must see to everything else, including contacting family.
Locked up in Lockdown – groundhog day continues
A prisoner talks about the impact of not being able to visit with his family: the impact on his children of no more daddy time, stigma being driven on social media…
Locked up in lockdown – mental ill health
The very real mental ill health impact of lockdown on both prisoners and their families, with a loved one being locked in their cell for 23½ hours each day.