You might find some of these links useful…
If you are an organisation and you would like to link to our website or vice-versa, please feel free to contact us.
Circle improves the lives of our children in Scotland, through strengthening families.
Support, counselling and advice to parents, spouses, partners, families of substance misusers.
Maintain communications in the family unit and motivate and encourage visitors.
Support and information for families and friends visiting HMP Barlinnie
England & Wales
The national voice of organisations supporting families of prisoners in England & Wales.
Families and Friends of Prisoners support families of prisoners in Wales.
Information for families on all aspects of the criminal justice system in England and Wales from arrest through to release. Now also provides support to families in Scotland.
Pact is a national charity which supports people affected by imprisonment.
UK wide & Europe
i-HOP is a national one-stop information and advice service to support all professionals in working with children and families of offenders.
A European-wide initiative on behalf of children with an imprisoned parent.
Enables you to send messages to prisoners in UK and Irish prisons operating the service, without writing and posting a letter.
Prison Chat UK An online community giving support to those who have a loved one inside the British prison system.
Blog site for families affected by imprisonment.
Talk to Samaritans any time you like, in your own way, and off the record – about whatever’s getting to you.
Government and statutory
You may be entitled to help with the cost of a prison visit. The APVU can tell you more.
This site is for children and young people in Scotland, your parents and the adults who work with you.
Gateway to comprehensive information about Scottish criminal justice.
Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of Prisons for Scotland inspects the sixteen prison establishments throughout Scotland in order to examine the treatment of, and the conditions for prisoners.
Provide staff, buildings and technology to support Scotland’s courts, the work of the independent judiciary, the courts’ Rules Councils and the Office of the Public Guardian.
The responsibilities of the Scottish Government include health, education, justice, rural affairs, housing and transport.
Establishment information and details found in the Prisons area
Scottish Public Services Ombudsman Provide advice for complaints against the prison service. If you are unhappy with the outcome of a complaint you can bring the matter to the SPSO.
Serco is a leading provider of custodial services to governments around the world. In the UK, we operate four adult prisons.
Sodexo Justice Services runs rehabilitative justice services including full operation of four UK prisons.
If you’re worried about a child you should report your concerns directly to the local area where the child lives.
Other voluntary organisations
Resource for practitioners working on violence reduction, capturing good practice from local initiatives and identifying contacts.
Addressing the employability of ex-offenders.
Helpline that provides advice and support for depression, stress and other issues.
Provides advice and information to people in need in over 250 locations across Scotland.
Families Need Fathers Seek to obtain, for the children, the best possible blend of both parents in the lives of children.
The Miscarriages of Justice Organisation is a human rights organisation dedicated to assisting innocent people both in prison and after their release.
Promote supportive policies and services for lone parents and their children in Scotland.
Focus on issues affecting parents and work to find ways of supporting parents and families.
Promoting, developing and coordinating confidential counselling for couples in Scotland.
Sacro helps create safer and more cohesive communities across Scotland e.g. providing conflict resolution that prevents disputes from escalating and supporting prisoners on release.
Free legal advice for and about kids - we can help you with any questions about the law. Promote knowledge and use of Scots law and children's rights.
A national helpline for the parents and families of drug misusers.
The lead organisation in Scotland working towards the prevention of domestic abuse. They play a vital role campaigning and lobbying for effective responses to domestic abuse.
Advice and support on housing issues and homelessness.
The lead voluntary organisation in Scotland helping people affected by crime.
Raises awareness of mental health issues and promotes sharing of information and training in mental health improvement.
Support provided on the Victim Support Scotland website.
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