Date lodged: 12 December 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what it is doing to raise awareness of the Assisted Prison Visits Scheme to eligible people.
Answered by: Humza Yousaf 4 January 2019
I have asked Colin McConnell, Chief Executive of the Scottish Prison Service (SPS), to respond. His response is as follows:
During the induction process, individuals admitted to SPS are given information about the Assisted Prison Visits Scheme (APVS). The SPS website has a link to the government website that provides help with prison visits and the APVS. Twelve establishments have a Visitors’ Centre which also support visitors and promote the APVS.
SPS also utilise Family Contact Officers (FCO) who are responsible for encouraging and maintaining links with families and promoting the APVS. The SPS website indicates how contact can be made with FCO’s both in person and by a dedicated telephone line to each establishment.
There are posters and leaflets raising awareness of the APVS available in each establishment.