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My Diary

My Diary

The experience of having a mother, father, brother, sister, other family relative or even a friend go to prison can be incredibly traumatic for a child. Families Outside works with children and families affected by imprisonment across Scotland and have done so for the last 25 years. With our awareness of the difficulties these often marginalised […]

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Picking Up The Pieces

Picking Up The Pieces

A new resource from Families Outside for families of people convicted of a sexual offence. Families of prisoners almost always suffer from stigma, but no one more so than families of people convicted of a sexual offence.  The marked increase in the number of requests for help from families in this situation, and the lack of […]

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Visitors’ Centre Coordination

Visitors’ Centre Coordination

Seems like such a long time ago, but we now have our National Prison Visitors’ Centre Coordinator in post.  Laura van der Hoeven joined the Families Outside team in April. There are significant benefits to the prisoner, the prisoner’s family, the prison and to wider society if prisoners can maintain positive family ties while serving […]

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Year of the Dad Events

Year of the Dad Events

We are delighted to see so many Year of The Dad events going ahead at prisons across Scotland. These events highlight the positive impact fathers can have in their children’s lives, showing that being in prison does not have to stop you from being a good dad. Families Outside participated in events at HMP Addiewell alongside […]

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Cross Party Group

Cross Party Group

Expressions of Interest. Following the start of the new Parliamentary session the Cross Party Group on Children and Families Affected by Imprisonment will be reconvened by Mary Fee MSP. If you wish to attend, please can you note your interest with Rebecca Joyce rebecca.joyce@familiesoutside.org.uk    

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