Families Outside comment on recent Child Poverty Stats

Whilst the figures published on the 22nd March 2024 show that child poverty levels in Scotland have remained broadly stable amidst rising levels across the rest of the UK, that 240,000 children across Scotland remain trapped in poverty is a shameful indictment of our society.  Whilst the full impact of the Scottish Child Payment is […]

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The importance of youth participation for supporting families affected by imprisonment

The importance of youth participation for supporting families affected by imprisonment

At Families Outside, we recognise the importance of including children and young people in our work. Scottish Government figures estimate that 20,000-27,000 children in Scotland have a parent in prison each year – more than those affected by divorce. The imprisonment of a household member is an Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE), which can mean that […]

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Case Study: A new pen pal

Case Study: A new pen pal

Quite a few of my family members have been in trouble with the police before. One of my sisters was on a tag for a while – and now my dad and my brother, Luke, are in prison. They got taken away by the police one day and just never came home. It was really […]

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Care-experience in Scotland: The importance of sibling relationships

Care-experience in Scotland: The importance of sibling relationships

Written by a professional with lived experience of the care system and sibling imprisonment. Sibling bonds are often the longest lasting and most enduring relationships we have over a lifetime, offering a foundation of support, companionship and familiarity. For care-experienced people, however, their journey is often marked by separation, isolation and the absence of a […]

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Care-experienced children affected by sibling imprisonment are slipping under the radar

Care-experienced children affected by sibling imprisonment are slipping under the radar

An estimated 70% of care-experienced children and young people in Scotland experience separation from their siblings. This can create enormous barriers to maintaining some of the most important relationships in these children’s lives… and this is made even more significant when one sibling is sent to prison. New pioneering research, published on Wednesday 6th December, […]

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