Leaflets for families affected by imprisonment

Resources for families of prisoners and offenders

Action for Prisoners' and Offender' Families, part of Family Lives, has a number of leaflets for families about issues such as telling children about imprisonmentdealing with social servicespreparing for release and maintaining family relationships.

prisoners' families

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.

Download Telling the children


Guide to adoption for women prisoners

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.


When social services are involved - Guide for women prisoners


The issues relating to children can be complex and we have provided a very basic overview of the words used, law and court practice and procedure.


Booklet for young people - relative in prison

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.

Download Booklet for young people


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.

Download Sent to Prison


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.

Download Living with Separation

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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The impact of parental imprisonment on the mental health of children and young people
A guide for professionals and organisations working with children and young people to raise awareness of the impact on child mental health of the imprisonment of a parent, carer or close family member