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 […]


The importance of schools being aware and sensitive without discriminating further

As a relatively inexperienced primary teacher, I recall the behaviour of a boy in my class changing. Periods of withdrawal would be interspersed with outbursts. It was clear something had changed, something was wrong. On discussing with a senior colleague, I learnt that his brother had recently been sent to prison. Looking back, I know […]


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 […]


They’ve Been Sent To Prison

Families Outside has produced a new service card which gives a very clear message to service users seeing the card as to what we can offer by way of support for families affected by imprisonment. We are delighted that Renfrewshire Council has already bought into the concept: a very simple and cost-effective way of circulating […]


Prison Visitors’ Centres Across Scotland

The Cyrenians are now the proud operators of the Visitor Centre at HMP Addiewell after a successful bid to take on the service. The service was operated by Families Outside until April this year. However, as Families Outside has now taken on the national coordination role for visitor centres across Scotland, we are no longer […]


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