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.

Families Outside welcomes appointment of new Chair and Vice Chair

Families Outside, Scotland’s only national organisation that works solely on behalf of children and families affected by imprisonment, has welcomed Linda Bendle as its new Chair and David Mackie as its new Vice Chair. As the only national organisation that works solely with children and families affected by imprisonment, Families Outside supported 1,850 families during […]

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Covid continues, but so will Families Outside

Covid continues, but so will Families Outside

Since the 23 March, when the UK and Scottish Governments made announcements that brought the whole of the UK into lockdown, we have continued to support families affected by imprisonment, with demand for our service increasing by 247% over the Summer. It’s now over 10 months since the first official lockdown, and since then, individuals, […]

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Prison visits – the impact of recent Scottish Government announcement

6 January 2021 This continues to be a challenging time for everyone living and working in prisons with the necessary regime restrictions in place to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 infection. At this time, the SPS have been advised that court business is continuing as normal, as are Parole Tribunals. They are also […]

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SPS review of family visit arrangements

17 December 2020 The Scottish Prison Service (SPS) recognises that this is a difficult time for those in their care as well as their families and friends and they are anxious to do all we can to allow family contact.  As such, virtual visits remain available in every establishment. The SPS have reviewed their family […]

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UN Convention on the Rights of the Child Bill – Families Outside’s respsonse

Last week Families Outside submitted a response to the Scottish Parliament’s Equalities and Human Rights Committee consultation on the UNCRC (Incorporation) Bill. Families Outside made a number of points to achieve two things: The strengthening of children’s rights during the incorporation and implementation process of the UNCRC in Scotland to ensure that children’s rights are […]

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