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It’s Time to Act Art Competition - Winners Announced

It’s Time to Act Art Competition – Winners Announced

As part of Children of Prisoners Europe’s #NotMyCrimeStillMySentence Campaign Families Outside ran an Art Competition to raise awareness of  ‘It’s Time to Act’, the child-friendly version of the Council of Europe Recommendation CM/Rec(2018)5 concerning children with imprisoned parents. ‘It’s Time to Act’ was created in order to allow children themselves to become aware of and […]

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Q&A on the resumption of physical prison visits

Q&A on the resumption of physical prison visits

Following on from the recent inception of virtual visits at prison establishments throughout Scotland, the Scottish Prison Service have produced a Q&A fact sheet which answers questions about the resumption of physical visits. To read the document, please click here.

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Virtual visits and digital device hints & tips

Virtual visits and digital device hints & tips

Families Outside has outlined some advice on virtual visits below, and provided some hints and tips on what you should remember when taking part in virtual visits. Virtual visits – please first of all register for virtual visits at emailaprisoner.com. You will need photo identification and details of the person in prison. You will also […]

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Virtual Visits - A Family Sees Their Loved One for the First Time in 15 Weeks

Virtual Visits – A Family Sees Their Loved One for the First Time in 15 Weeks

This week as part of the launch of the new Scottish Prison Service (SPS) virtual visits scheme one of the families we support had the opportunity to see their family member for the first time in 15 weeks. Virtual Visits are an SPS facilitated scheme, which lets prisoners see their children and families using video […]

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Virtual visits are crucial for the mental wellbeing of families affected by imprisonment

Virtual visits are crucial for the mental wellbeing of families affected by imprisonment

Families Outside, the only national charity in Scotland working exclusively on behalf of families affected by imprisonment, welcomes the Scottish Prison Service’s plans to introduce video visits, with Scotland finally acting in compliance with the recommendations from the Council of Europe and UN Committee on the Rights of the Child. According to Nancy Loucks, chief […]

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