Advice and support for the children and families of prisoners is available from the organisations listed below.

Action For Prisoners Families  (APF) 
Website www.prisonersfamilies.org.uk

APF produces a number of leaflets and other publications aimed at prisoners’ families.

AFFECT (Action for Families Enduring Criminal Trauma) 
Information and Counselling line: 0300 365 3651
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.affect.org.uk

Support for families and friends of offenders facing possible ‘life’/long prison sentences. AFFECT provides a range of support services in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, West Sussex and Dorset areas and national telephone support. Amongst the services offered are: face-to-face or telephone counselling, telephone support, group meetings and befriending and court support.

Email a Prisoner
Website: emap.unilink-technology-services.com

Email a Prisoner aims to help family members and friends communicate more easily and frequently with prisoners.  Messages can be sent via the website, it takes only a few minutes to sign up and the message gets delivered to the prison safely, securely and rapidly for 35p per message.

Families Outside (Scotland)
Helpline: 0800 254 0088
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.familiesoutside.org.uk

The only national charity in Scotland that works solely to support the families of people involved in the criminal justice system.  They work to mitigate the effects of imprisonment on children and families – and consequently to reduce the likelihood of reoffending – through support and information for families and for the people who work with them.

Offenders’ Families Helpline (England and Wales)
Helpline: 0808 808 2003  Monday – Friday 9am - 8pm, weekends 10am - 3pm                      Email: [email protected]
Website: www.offendersfamilieshelpline.org

This helpline offers information and support to offenders’ families, from arrest through to release and beyond. The website has lots of information for families who have come into contact with the criminal justice system as a result of a family member’s offending behaviour.

Prison Advice and Care Trust (PACT) 
Helpline: 0808 808 3444 Monday-Friday 10am-5pm
Email: [email protected]
Website: www.prisonadvice.org.uk

PACT supports people affected by imprisonment, providing practical and emotional support to prisoners’ children and families, and to prisoners themselves.

Prison Chat UK 
Website: www.prisonchatuk.com

Prison Chat UK is a group of people who have family members in prison in the UK, providing a support/online chat facility for people like them. The aim is to provide a place where families and friends of British inmates can  meet and share advice and support.

Prisoners Abroad
Helpline: 0808 172 0098  Mon, Tues  9.30am-6.00pm, Weds-Fri 9.30am-4.30pm
Website: www.prisonersabroad.org.uk

This organisation provides direct help to prisoners abroad including grants for food and emergency medical care, and supports families of British citizens held overseas – offering information, advice or just someone to talk to.

Prison Reform Trust 
Website: www.prisonreformtrust.org.uk

An independent UK charity working to create a just, humane and effective penal system. The website contains information for prisoners’ families, including an A-Z list of factsheets from organisations that the Prison Reform Trust works with.

Women in Prison 
Website: www.womeninprison.org.uk

Women in Prison supports and campaigns for women affected by the criminal justice system.