You might find some of these links useful if you need to find further organisations to help you if a member of your family has been imprisoned.
If you are an organisation and you would like to link to our website or vice-versa, please feel free to contact us.
Government & Statutory Organisations
This site is for children and young people in Scotland, your parents and the adults who work with you.
Provides advice and information to people in need in over 250 locations across Scotland.
Community Justice Scotland provides comprehensive information about Scottish criminal justice.
Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Prisons for Scotland inspects the sixteen prison establishments throughout Scotland in order to examine the treatment of, and the conditions for prisoners.
Provide staff, buildings and technology to support Scotland’s courts, the work of the independent judiciary, the courts’ Rules Councils and the Office of the Public Guardian.
The responsibilities of the Scottish Government include health, education, justice, rural affairs, housing and transport.
Information on Prisons & Prison Services
GEOAmey provide safe and secure transportation and custody suite services for prisoners and young people in custody across the UK. (This service was formerly provided by G4S).
Establishment information and details found in the Prisons area
Serco is a leading provider of custodial services to governments around the world. In the UK, we operate four adult prisons.
Sodexo Justice Services runs rehabilitative justice services including full operation of four UK prisons.
You may be entitled to help with the cost of a prison visit. The APVU can tell you more.
Enables you to send messages to prisoners in UK and Irish prisons operating the service, without writing and posting a letter.
Out-of-hours emotional support
Helpline that provides advice and support for depression, stress and other issues.
Talk to Samaritans any time you like, in your own way, and off the record – about whatever’s getting to you.
Support in England, Wales & Northern Ireland
Families and Friends of Prisoners support families of prisoners in Wales.
Support for children and families affected by imprisonment in Northern Ireland.
Pact is a national charity which supports people affected by imprisonment.
Information for families on all aspects of the criminal justice system in England and Wales from arrest through to release.
Support in Europe
A European-wide initiative on behalf of children with an imprisoned parent.
Voluntary Organisations involved in the Criminal Justice System
Resource for practitioners working on violence reduction, capturing good practice from local initiatives and identifying contacts.
Addressing the employability of ex-offenders.
The Miscarriages of Justice Organisation is a human rights organisation dedicated to assisting innocent people both in prison and after their release.
Sacro helps create safer and more cohesive communities across Scotland e.g. providing conflict resolution that prevents disputes from escalating and supporting prisoners on release.
Free legal advice for and about kids - we can help you with any questions about the law. Promote knowledge and use of Scots law and children's rights.
The lead voluntary organisation in Scotland helping people affected by crime.
Help for witnesses via the Victim Support Scotland website.
Voluntary Organisations Providing Wider Support
Families Need Fathers Seek to obtain, for the children, the best possible blend of both parents in the lives of children.
Promote supportive policies and services for lone parents and their children in Scotland.
Focus on issues affecting parents and work to find ways of supporting parents and families.
Promoting, developing and coordinating confidential counselling for couples in Scotland.
A national helpline for the parents and families of drug misusers.
The lead organisation in Scotland working towards the prevention of domestic abuse. They play a vital role campaigning and lobbying for effective responses to domestic abuse.
Advice and support on housing issues and homelessness.