Tailored Training Sessions for those in contact with families affected by the criminal justice system.

Families Outside is the only national organisation that works exclusively on behalf of families affected by imprisonment. For families, the imprisonment of a relative has financial, social and emotional consequences. Since 1991, we have worked with families and organisations to improve outcomes for families, ensuring they are treated fairly and can live healthy, active lives free from stigma and impediment.

27,000 children each year are estimated to be affected by parental imprisonment.

Children of prisoners are three times more likely to experience mental health problems.

Families Outside training will benefit all those who work in criminal or community justice settings and whose services directly or indirectly affect families.

We have delivered sessions across the voluntary and statutory sectors – to prison staff, criminal justice social workers, Children’s Panel members, children and families social workers, early years workers, education staff ,community health workers, social work students.

Our bespoke training sessions raise awareness of the issues for, and the needs of, families at all stages of the criminal justice system and the benefits to organisations of including families.

Participants will gain an increased understanding of the impact on families, increased confidence in providing support to them, and a recognition of the positive part families can play in supporting their loved one, thereby contributing to reducing reoffending.

Prisoners who maintain contact with their families are up to 6 times less likely to reoffend.

40% of prisoners said that support from their family would help them stop reoffending.

Tailored to your organisational needs, our sessions can run from a short presentation to a ½ day interactive workshop involving a range of practical exercises, videos, quizzes and case studies.

All participants receive copies of course materials and resources.

Our knowledgeable and skilled Families Outside trainers are based across Scotland.

To discuss your training needs please contact Susan Cross by or you can telephone 07984 510420.


Sample training for prison staff

Sample training for community partners


You can also refer to our Tools for Professionals section for other useful resources.

Additionally we have an e-learning package for teachers which is updated regularly.  The pack can be found here or by clicking on the image below: