This page has links to family support and other organisations for prisoners, people with convictions and their families and professionals who work with them.
Family Support Links – England and Wales
Action for Prisoners’ and Offenders’ Families – supporting professionals working with families of prisoners and offenders
Affect – action for families enduring criminal trauma offering face to face or telephone counselling, telephone support, group meetings and befriending, court support, training and presentations. Tel: 0300 365 3651
Barnardo’s – children’s charity that protects and supports the UK’s most vulnerable children and young people.
DoingTime – If you or your loved one are facing a criminal conviction and want help navigating through the minefield which is the British penal system this is the site for you
Email a Prisoner – email service to contact a prisoner
Families & Friends of Prisoners Swansea – Provides support to families and friends and ex-offenders who have come into contact with the criminal justice system in Wales.
Family Lives – offers support to families across the UK about any issue through their website and 24 hour free helpline on 0808 800 2222
Home Start – helps families with young children deal with the challenges they face. They support parents as they learn to cope, improve their confidence and build better lives for their children
Inside Time – the monthly newspaper for prisoners. See Inside Time information on visiting prisons
Lincolnshire Action Trust – works with a variety of agencies within the criminal justice system to reduce re-offending by working with individuals to address some of the issues and challenges which have resulted in their sentence.
The Lucy Faithfull Foundation – works with families that have been affected by sexual abuse including: adult male and female sexual abusers; young people with inappropriate sexual behaviours; victims of abuse and other family members
Ministry of Justice – work to protect the public and reduce reoffending, and to provide a more effective, transparent and responsive criminal justice system for victims and the public
NACRO – the crime reduction charity, dedicated to reducing crime and reoffending in communities across England and Wales
National information centre on children of offenders – provides information and advice to professionals working with children and families of prisoners and offenders
Nepacs – a charity based in the North East of England, supporting a positive future for prisoners and their families, and helping them to maintain family ties
Ormiston Trust – Ormiston Trust is a national charity which aims to improve the life-chances of children and young people
Prison Advice and Care Trust (Pact) – is the national charity providing support to prisoners, people with convictions, and their families. Pact supports people to make a fresh start and minimise the harm that can be caused by imprisonment to people who have committed crimes, to families and to communities
POPS – POPS provide information and support to the families of offenders from their earliest contact with the
Criminal Justice System (CJS), through to release and beyond
Prison Chat UK – an online community for anyone with a loved one in prison
Prisoner Advice and Information Service (Prison Reform Trust) – their service can provide prisoners with advice on 0808 802 0060
Prisoners’ Advice Service – charity offering free legal advice and support to adult prisoners in England and Wales
Prison Voicemail – call to leave a voicemail for a prisoner
The Sentencing Council – the primary role of the Council is to issue guidelines on sentencing which the courts must follow unless it is in the interests of justice not to do so.
Spurgeons – a leading children’s charity providing support to children and their families
Stopso – provide support to a family member when there has been sexual behaviour or offences
Unlock – assist people by empowering them with information, advice and support to overcome the stigma of their previous convictions
Victim Support – independent charity helping people cope with the effects of crime, by providing free and confidential support and information
Family Support Links – Scotland
Circle – Circle improves the lives of our children in Scotland, through strengthening families
Families Outside – Families Outside is a national charity who offers an independent support service for families and friends of prisoners
The Lighthouse Foundation – Family support group for families affected by addiction
One Parent Families Scotland – supporting single parents
Parenting Across Scotland – Parenting across Scotland is a partnership of charities which offers support to children and families in Scotland.
Relationships Scotland – Counselling, mediation and family support
Sacro – Sacro provides a range of Criminal Justice, Youth Justice and Mediation services
Scottish Family Information Service – Information for parents and carers of children and young people
Scottish Sentencing Council – The Scottish Sentencing Council was established in October 2015 under The Criminal Justice and Licensing (Scotland) Act 2010 and is an independent advisory body.
Victim Support Scotland – the lead voluntary organisation in Scotland helping people affected by crime