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The importance of schools being aware and sensitive without discriminating further

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 […]

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National Performance Framework for Prison Visitors' Centres in Scotland

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 […]

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They've Been Sent To Prison

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 […]

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Prison Visitors' Centres Across Scotland

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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Easter Chicks Invade Kilmarnock

Easter Chicks Invade Kilmarnock

A huge thanks goes to Margaret Mowat and the team of Soroptomists who kindly knitted and donated the most adorable Easter chicks, each gifted with a cream egg inside. She brought along a tray of scrumptious cupcakes, which were also kindly received. A total of 40 chicks were neatly displayed into a beautifully decorated basket […]

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