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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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‘Catscape’ Reading Activity Challenge

‘Catscape’ Reading Activity Challenge

Families Outside are really excited to be partnering with Scottish author Mike Nicholson who wrote our ‘My Diary‘ booklet, to share the exciting resource and activity for his prize-winning novel ‘Catscape’ with children affected by imprisonment. Sharing his love of reading and literacy learning Mike Nicholson partnered with Lasswade Primary School to read his book in […]

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It's Time to Act - Art Competition

It’s Time to Act – Art Competition

The Competition has closed. Thank you to everyone who took part and a huge well done to the winners. Since 2010, throughout the month of June, COPE runs an annual pan-European campaign entitled “Not my crime, still my sentence”. This year’s campaign to raise awareness of children with an imprisoned parent builds on COPE’s previous […]

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