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.

Reading Activity Challenge – the fun for children and young people, and how it all went…

In June/July 2020, as part of our online Group Work & Peer Support, Families Outside partnered with Scottish author, Mike Nicholson, in a ‘Reading Activity Challenge’ around his prize winning novel, ‘Catscape.’ Mike also wrote the Families Outside resource booklet for children affected by imprisonment, ‘My Diary.’ The ‘Reading Activity Challenge’ was offered to children […]


Deaths in Custody Review

In November 2019, the Cabinet Secretary for Justice, Humza Yousef announced that he had asked HM Chief Inspector of Prisons for Scotland (HMCIPS), Wendy Sinclair-Gieben, in accordance with section 7(2)(d) of the Prisons (Scotland) Act 1989, to undertake an independent review into the responses to deaths in prison custody. The Review was instructed to enable […]


It’s Time to Act Art Competition – Winners Announced

As part of Children of Prisoners Europe’s #NotMyCrimeStillMySentence Campaign Families Outside ran an Art Competition to raise awareness of  ‘It’s Time to Act’, the child-friendly version of the Council of Europe Recommendation CM/Rec(2018)5 concerning children with imprisoned parents. ‘It’s Time to Act’ was created in order to allow children themselves to become aware of and […]


Virtual visits and digital device hints & tips

Families Outside has outlined some advice on virtual visits below, and provided some hints and tips on what you should remember when taking part in virtual visits. Virtual visits – please first of all register for virtual visits at emailaprisoner.com. You will need photo identification and details of the person in prison. You will also […]


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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