All the latest news from Families Outside.

Best Interests of the Child when Sentencing a Parent

One of the areas in which the development of the concept and understanding of the rights of the child is beginning to have a significant effect is in relation to the impact of the child’s parent or caregiver coming into conflict with the criminal law. This raises perceptions of a clash between the rights of […]


The Croft at Barlinnie – new website

Barlinnie Visitors Centre The Croft has a brand new website which can be found at The Croft is located in the Family Services Room within the reception of HMP Barlinnie.  They do not handle booking of visits which should be done by contacting the prison direct.


Smoke-Free Prison Environment

On 30th November 2018, Scottish Prisons are going smoke-free. After this date, tobacco products and smoking paraphernalia will be prohibited items in all Scottish prisons. Currently between 70 and 80 per cent of prisoners smoke, so this will be a significant change. Families Outside is extremely pleased that the SPS will be working with partner […]


You Made Christmas

In the run up to Christmas, Families Outside was delighted to receive a large number of gifts from organisations, community groups, individuals, and churches including Greyfriars Church in Lanark and the Swanshine Project in Edinburgh. We gave these gifts to children of the families we support and to children visiting prisons in Scotland during the Christmas period. One […]


Stronger Families Inside Out

Stronger Families Inside Out Grampian leads the way in promoting family ties. Families Outside, the only organisation in Scotland to work exclusively on behalf of families affected by imprisonment, has created a new partnership with the Denis Law Legacy Trust to help children build better relationships with their parents in prison. Scottish Government figures estimate […]


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