This page has links to family support and other organisations for prisoners’ and offenders’ 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
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
i-HOP – iHop provides information and advice to professionals working with children and families of prisoners and offenders
Inside Time – the monthly newspaper for prisoners. See Inside Time information on visiting prisons
KeyRinge-Helpline for people with Learning Disabilities in the Criminal Justice System
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
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
PACT – supports people affected by imprisonment. They provide practical and emotional support to prisoners’ children and families, and to prisoners themselves
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