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 […]


Launch of Family Induction Webinar Series

  We are delighted to announce that the Families Outside family induction webinar series is now available to watch online. We hope that these short videos provide you with useful information that will help you whilst your family member is in prison. Families Outside has produced videos on the following topics: Prison and Prison Visiting  […]


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 […]


Substance Use in Scottish Prisons – A Needs Assessment

Families Outside have recently been contacted by Figure 8 Consultancy Services Ltd, regarding research they are undertaking, which looks at the health and social care needs of people who live in Scottish Prisons who use substances (alcohol, drugs and/or tobacco). As a family member or significant other of a person who uses substances and who […]


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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