Our series of publications can be used by families or professionals working with them. You can download copies free of charge or if you wish to order hardcopies, some are available via our Amazon shop.  

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Promoting Good Mental Health in Prisons - Guidance for prisoners

15 June 2011
This guidance outlines how prisoners can be supported in maintaining as good mental health as possible. First, however, you need to take care of your own health. Think about how the guidance given here could apply to you too. This fact sheet is based on a presentation given by James Ward to families at a ‘Family Voices’ event in Durham. This work is supported by Lloyds TSB Foundation for England and Wales.

Dealing with the Media

10 March 2011
This fact sheet is based on a presentation given by journalist, Max Daly, to families at an Action for Prisoners’ Families event in March 2011. It has been produced as part of the ‘Family Voices’ work supported by Lloyds TSB Foundation for England and Wales.
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Guide to adoption for women prisoners

01 March 2010
The issues relating to adoption can be complex and we have provided a very basic overview of the words used, law and court practice and procedure. We would also strongly advise you to seek legal advice by either telephoning Rights of Women legal advice line on 020 7251 6577 Tues, Wed and Thurs 2-4 and 7-9, and Fri 12-2, or a solicitor.
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The Outsiders - Sent to Prison

This Outsiders booklet is for individuals experiencing the imprisonment of a family member. It explains the impact on the family from the point of initial arrest to imprisonment itself, providing helpful information ranging from visiting prison to becoming familiar with prison jargon.
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The Outsiders - Telling the Children

This Outsiders booklet provides helpful and practical information about the impact that imprisonment of a parent has on the children. The booklet covers a wide range of issues from what to say to the children, dealing with the child’s changing role in the family to coping with changes in a child’s behaviour.
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The Outsiders - Living with Separation

This booklet is for individuals experiencing the imprisonment of a family member. It explains the impact that separation can have on you, your imprisoned partner and the children involved. It also offers practical help about how to cope with your changing roles.
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The Outsiders - Preparing for Release

This booklet discusses the issues for families as they prepare for the release and resettlement of a family member from prison. It provides helpful and practical information on some common hopes and fears expressed by both the person in prison and the family on the outside. Featuring quotes from ex-prisoners and their partners, the booklet covers issues ranging from the practicalities of finding employment to getting to know each other again and re-establishing a relationship.
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Booklet for young people

We hope this leaflet will help teenagers who have relatives in prison. You might feel isolated, alone, not sure how to get support or talk to other young people in the same situation as you. You may have questions or are looking for a little more information on what happens when someone is arrested, appears at court or goes to prison.
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