19th June 2017
Families Outside have recently published their report on the National Performance Framework for Prison Visitors’ Centres in Scotland. In 2015 the Scottish Government announced that it would be providing £1.8 million over a three-year period to assist the work of Prison Visitor Centres. Any Prison Visitor Centre seeking funding from the Scottish Government will now be required to demonstrate that they can meet the standards set out in this National Performance Framework.
Some of the essential standards set out are as follows:
Prison Visitors’ Centres are independent and not for profit groups that are independent of the prison they work alongside. Their main objectives are to provide a space for the families of prisoners to obtain information that is impartial, convey the concerns of the families of prisoners to the prison staff they work alongside, and to improve the visitation experience of those visiting prisoners. The organisations aim to provide a service that will improve the experience of visiting family members, especially giving an enhanced and appropriate environment for children to visit their parent. The also purport that their services help to improve prison policy by contextualising the experience of visitors, which they state influences the policies in the prison they work alongside.The Prison Visiting Centres funded by the Scottish Government will work towards the following outcomes:
See the report here.