Strengthening Prisoners Family Ties Policy Framework

Rules and guidance for prison staff on supporting the maintenance and development of prisoners’ relationships with family, significant others and friends.



This Policy Framework sets out the rules and guidance for staff in all prisons on how they can support prisoners to maintain and develop their relationships with family, significant others and friends.

There is growing evidence that family support, and maintaining family ties is not only important for the well-being of prisoners, but may also aid reintegration into the community following release from prison. Supporting prisoners’ relationships outside of prison is considered to help prevent reoffending, reduce intergenerational crime and improve the safety and security of the custodial environment.

This Policy Framework sets out duties, rules and general guidance on the actions that staff in all prisons must deliver as part of their local strategy to support prisoners in maintaining and developing their relationships with family and friends.

Additional guidance in support of the Policy Framework is available to all Prison staff through the following guidance documents:

The Policy Framework will be reviewed in April 2020.

Published 31 January 2019
Last updated 4 September 2019 + show all updates
  1. Policy Framework doc updated

  2. First published.