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Improving Peer Support Among Families

Working with families to support each other is a key but very challenging part of our work. We are therefore delighted to be hosting Tracy Donaldson, family member and third year Community Dev…

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Training - Out of the Shadows

Out of the Shadows is the title of one of Families Outside's multi-agency training sessions, bringing into the spotlight the issues facing families affected by imprisonment a…

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Job Vacancy - full time Regional Family Support Coordinator

Regional Family Support Coordinator Currently based in Aberdeen and covering Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire: you will provide direct information and support to families affected by impriso…

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Creating A Smoke Free Prison Environment

The Scottish Prison Service (SPS) has announced its intention for all prisons in Scotland to be smoke free by the end of 2018.  In 2013 the Scottish Government published their tobacco control…

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Call for evidence – we need your help

"What about me?" – The impact on her child when a woman goes to prison The Prison Reform Trust and Families Outside are working on a project looking at the impact on children when a mothe…

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Reform Scotland - landline phones in prison cells

Reform Scotland: family contact could help close the revolving door. Think tank calls for pilot scheme to put landline phones in cells Reform Scotland, the independent, non-party think tank…

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In Brief 12

Written by Dr Anna Kotova of the University of Exeter, In Brief 12 deals with the issue of lost time, stigma for families adapting to the experiences of having a partner on a long-term pris…

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Conference 2017 - taking the outcomes forward

On 31 May this year, Families Outside hosted a national conference on improving support for families at the point of arrest. The conference highlighted clearly the trauma of witnessing a famil…

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Changes to the Assisted Prison Visits Scheme

Financial help is available from the Assisted Prison Visits Scheme (APVS) to allow close relatives and partners in the UK to visit prisoners.

Please note: Families Outside relays changes …

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National Performance Framework for Prison Visitors' Centres in Scotland

New National Standards unveiled for prisoners’ families support services Andrew McLellan, Chair of the National Prison Visitor Centre Steering Group will unveil a new National Performance…

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