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Families Outside response to national COVID 19 vaccination accessibility survey

Families Outside has responded today to the COVID 19 vaccination accessibility survey run by Voluntary Health Scotland, to help ensure equitable distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine. Families Outside has an interest in ensuring that people involved in the criminal justice system, people in prison, and those recently released from prison and their families do not […]

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Covid continues, but so will Families Outside

Covid continues, but so will Families Outside

Since the 23 March, when the UK and Scottish Governments made announcements that brought the whole of the UK into lockdown, we have continued to support families affected by imprisonment, with demand for our service increasing by 247% over the Summer. It’s now over 10 months since the first official lockdown, and since then, individuals, […]

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Prison visits – the impact of recent Scottish Government announcement

6 January 2021 This continues to be a challenging time for everyone living and working in prisons with the necessary regime restrictions in place to help prevent the spread of the COVID-19 infection. At this time, the SPS have been advised that court business is continuing as normal, as are Parole Tribunals. They are also […]

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SPS review of family visit arrangements

17 December 2020 The Scottish Prison Service (SPS) recognises that this is a difficult time for those in their care as well as their families and friends and they are anxious to do all we can to allow family contact.  As such, virtual visits remain available in every establishment. The SPS have reviewed their family […]

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UN Convention on the Rights of the Child Bill – Families Outside’s respsonse

Last week Families Outside submitted a response to the Scottish Parliament’s Equalities and Human Rights Committee consultation on the UNCRC (Incorporation) Bill. Families Outside made a number of points to achieve two things: The strengthening of children’s rights during the incorporation and implementation process of the UNCRC in Scotland to ensure that children’s rights are […]

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