We are delighted to share our 30th anniversary video with you. This short film was created to give an insight into the challenges and issues faced by families affected by imprisonment, and the work we do to support them.

This video focuses on what we have achieved as an organisation over the past 30 years, where we are now in 2022, and our vision for the future.

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the making of this film, not least the families themselves who represent so many more across Scotland.

Staying Connected: Siblings separated by care and custody

This is a joint project between SCRA and Families Outside and funded by The Promise. Surveys of people in prison show relatively high levels of care experience, suggesting there are likely significant numbers of children and young people who have a sibling in prison who are in care themselves, yet we know nothing about these […]

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Call for families – research on the financial cost of imprisonment

Research on the financial cost of imprisonment abrdn Financial Fairness Trust has funded Families Outside to explore and address the financial cost of prison. This research can involve anyone supporting someone in prison and applies to all ages that can articulate the costs and losses they have experienced as a result of having a loved […]

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Families Outside launch new “My Story” And “My Visit” resources for children with a parent in prison in Scotland

Families Outside launch new “My Story” And “My Visit” resources for children with a parent in prison in Scotland

Families Outside, Scotland’s only national charity that works solely with children and families affected by imprisonment has launched two new resources for children with a parent in prison.  The first, “My Story,” was developed by Katie following her experience of her dad being imprisoned. “My Story” was written by Katie after her dad was sent […]

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Reading Activity Challenge – the fun for children and young people, and how it all went…

In June/July 2020, as part of our online Group Work & Peer Support, Families Outside partnered with Scottish author, Mike Nicholson, in a ‘Reading Activity Challenge’ around his prize winning novel, ‘Catscape.’ Mike also wrote the Families Outside resource booklet for children affected by imprisonment, ‘My Diary.’ The ‘Reading Activity Challenge’ was offered to children […]

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Deaths in Custody Review

In November 2019, the Cabinet Secretary for Justice, Humza Yousef announced that he had asked HM Chief Inspector of Prisons for Scotland (HMCIPS), Wendy Sinclair-Gieben, in accordance with section 7(2)(d) of the Prisons (Scotland) Act 1989, to undertake an independent review into the responses to deaths in prison custody. The Review was instructed to enable […]

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