We are delighted to share our 30th anniversary video with you. This short film was created to give an insight into the challenges and issues faced by families affected by imprisonment, and the work we do to support them.

This video focuses on what we have achieved as an organisation over the past 30 years, where we are now in 2022, and our vision for the future.

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the making of this film, not least the families themselves who represent so many more across Scotland.

Taxpayers Alliance Criticises APVU Scheme

Our response to The Courier article in which the Taxpayers Alliance criticised the work of the Assisted Prison Visists’ Unit (feel free to copy!): Dear Ms Smyth, I read your article of 26 March (Fund To Pay For Prison Visits Comes Under Fire) with interest, as supporting families to maintain contact with loved ones in prison […]


Radio 4 – Women’s Hour

We hope you tuned into Radio 4’s Women’s Hour hear Sarah Roberts talking about her work with schools to support children of prisoners! Teacher training in Scotland to support kids with family in prison – our new project in Scotland aims to help teachers who have children in their class affected by imprisonment. Trips to […]


Books for Children

We would like to let everyone know about two books that have been published that focus on the difficulties children experience when a parent goes into prison. Please click on the images below to see how you can get your copy.       


Voices of Children Affected by Imprisonment

In our last bulletin, we mentioned the launch of Sarah Roberts’ report, The Role of Schools in Supporting Families Affected by Imprisonment. Through recent consultancy work, Sarah has developed close links with Families Outside and is beginning to implement recommendations stemming from her research. Already Sarah has delivered training to student teachers, and we are […]


Open Estate Information Session

Families Outside, The Scottish Prison Service and the Salvation Army held an information session for families visiting HMP Edinburgh.  The information session was held in the Edinburgh Prison Visitors’ Centre on the afternoon of the 24 October 2012 where it was deemed most relevant to the visiting population.   Stewart Tweedlie, Casework Manager from HMP Castle […]


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