Launch of Police Family Contact Card in Kilmarnock
In recognition of the stress and anxiety following arrest, a South West Scotland Community Justice Authority working group of representatives from Strathclyde Police, Lighthouse Foundation and Families Outside has developed a contact card which arresting officers will leave with family members when an individual is arrested at home. The cards contain contact details of sources of support and information the family may require at any point consequent to an arrest. Local Helpline details include Police Stations, Social Work and the Lighthouse Foundation; national helplines include Families Outside, Parentline and Scottish Families Affected by Drugs.
Whilst this information is available from other sources, what is unique is that they are pulled together in one place in this card and that the police will actively promote it at the point of arrest, a time which can be a frightening and bewildering time for families and children.
To view the launch report for the contact card, please click here.