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.

Virtual visits are crucial for the mental wellbeing of families affected by imprisonment

Families Outside, the only national charity in Scotland working exclusively on behalf of families affected by imprisonment, welcomes the Scottish Prison Service’s plans to introduce video visits, with Scotland finally acting in compliance with the recommendations from the Council of Europe and UN Committee on the Rights of the Child. According to Nancy Loucks, chief […]

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‘Catscape’ Reading Activity Challenge

‘Catscape’ Reading Activity Challenge

Families Outside are really excited to be partnering with Scottish author Mike Nicholson who wrote our ‘My Diary‘ booklet, to share the exciting resource and activity for his prize-winning novel ‘Catscape’ with children affected by imprisonment. Sharing his love of reading and literacy learning Mike Nicholson partnered with Lasswade Primary School to read his book in […]

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Update on the Independent Review Into The Handling Of Deaths In Prison Custody

In November last year, the Cabinet Secretary for Justice, Humza Yousef announced that he had asked me, in accordance with section 7(2)(d) of the Prisons (Scotland) Act 1989, to undertake a review into the handling of deaths in prison custody. The review was instructed to enable the identification of and to make recommendations for areas […]

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Education and Skills Committee Inquiry into Vulnerable Children during the COVID-19 pandemic

Families Outside is a national independent charity that works solely on behalf of children and families affected by imprisonment in Scotland. We do this through provision of a national freephone helpline for families and for the professionals who work with them, as well as through development of policy and practice, delivery of training, and face-to-face […]

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