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Sources of support


ChildLine 0800 1111: get help and advice about a wide range of issues, talk to a counsellor online, send ChildLine an email or post on the message boards.

Offenders Families Helpline

Helpline 0808 808 2003. Providing information and support for the families of offenders which is run by Partners of Prisoners (POPS).

Prisoners Families and Friends Service

Call free on 0808 808 3444. Prisoners Families and Friends Service is an independent voluntary agency which has been helping prisoners' families for over 40 years.


SHARP provides confidential help, advice, support and friendship for the relatives and friends of those serving sentences, awaiting trial or facing the prospect of legal action.

Help in England


NEPACS works with prisoners' families based in the North East.

Ormiston Children and Families  Trust

Ormiston Children and Families  Trust provides support services to families in the Eastern Region. - 'Out There' Supporting Families of Prisoners offers advice, information and friendship for those serving the 'sentence on the outside'. - pact (the Prison Advice and Care Trust) provides practical and emotional support to prisoners' children and families, and to prisoners themselves. 

Help in Ireland

Prisoners' Families Infoline

Prisoners' Families Infoline is a telephone and e-mail service for anyone affected by imprisonment of a family member, partner or friend.  It also runs a family support group.

Help in Scotland

Families Outside

Families Outside works with families affected by imprisonment in Scotland


HOPE (Helping offenders, prisoners and families) works with offenders, prisoners and their families in Scotland.

Help in Wales


FFOPs (Families and Friends of Prisoners) support families of prisoners in Wales.

Other useful websites


Adfam works with and for families affected by drugs and alcohol.


Affect works with families facing life or long prison sentences.


Eurochips is the European network for children of imprisoned parents.  Eurochips is the European network for children of imprisoned parents.