These will be very difficult times for prisoners and their families. Visits have stopped in England and Wales (and presumably for some weeks to come). It is likely that prisoners will spend more time locked up as non-essential workers are stopped from going in and will therefore find it more difficult to telephone their loved ones. These are all essential measures to minimise the risk of a serious outbreak in prisons.

We are sorry to say that Storybook Dads/Mums isn't able to run in most prison due to these measures, however Storybook Dads staff are working from home, editing any stories we do receive and keeping in contact with our coordinators across the prison estate. 

We have added a Kids Zone to our website which includes resources and activities for children and below we have listed advice, support and guidance from other organisations.

Support, advice and guidance

Essential Government Q&A: for friends and family of prisoners, from the Ministry of Justice. Updated regularly as things change. Click here for the Gov.uk Q&A

The National Prisoners’ Families Helpline can support you if a family member is in contact with the criminal justice system. Contact the helpline on 0808 808 2003 (Free including most mobiles). Read more on the website

Email a Prisoner: Some prisons use a service called Email a Prisoner. If you send a message this way, it’ll be printed out and delivered by prison staff. Each email costs 40p and you need to buy credit to use the service. Click here to see which prisons offer this service

Families Outside: Scottish Charity helping families affected by imprisonment. Their Helpline, 0800 254 0088, provides impartial information and support. They also provide one to one support with their regional family team throughout Scotland. For more information, click here

Prison Chat UK: An online group of people who have loved ones in prison in the UK. They got together when they realised there was no support/char facility online available in the UK. The website is full of useful information and a chat forum. Click here to visit Prison Chat UK

Prison Voicemail: Their mission is to improve communication channels between people in prison and their family and friends, with the aim of relieving some of the causes of stress and isolation caused by imprisonment. Click here to see which prisons offer this service