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Consulting on a Smoke-free Environment

Creating a Smoke-free Environment Response Form Families Outside October 2017 Families Outside welcomes the consultation from the SPS on the creation of a smoke-free prison environment. We are a national independent charity that works on behalf of children and families affected by imprisonment in Scotland. We do this through provision of a national freephone helpline […]


The Innocent Victims of the Criminal Justice System

The Innocent Victims of the Criminal Justice System According to Matthew Thomson, solicitor and legal aid policy officer at the Law Society of Scotland, criminal defence solicitors have their work cut out for them. He says “Criminal proceedings are, more often than not, stressful, complicated and time consuming. The end result can be devastating for […]


Reform Scotland – family contact could help close the revolving door

Reform Scotland – family contact could help close the revolving door Think tank calls for pilot scheme to put landline phones in cells Reform Scotland, the independent, non-party think tank, has published a new report – Reforming Prison. The report aims to contribute to the debate on how to better rehabilitate prisoners, and carries a number […]


Conference 2017 – taking the outcomes forward

On 31 May this year, Families Outside hosted a national conference on improving support for families at the point of arrest. The conference highlighted clearly the trauma of witnessing a family member’s arrest and explored ways of addressing this. Of particular note was Clore Social Research Fellow Jo Tilley-Riley‘s research into the experiences of children […]


National Performance Framework for Prison Visitors’ Centres in Scotland

New National Standards unveiled for prisoners’ families support services Andrew McLellan, Chair of the National Prison Visitor Centre Steering Group will unveil a new National Performance Framework for Prison Visitor Centres, which support families affected by imprisonment at the Working In Partnership, Raising the Standard conference in Edinburgh today. In 2015 the Scottish Government announced […]


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