This page has details of websites and organisations that we regularly provide links to, broken down into different subject areas. This is part of our approach of signposting to others.
Criminal record checks
Government body who work to provide a more effective and transparent criminal justice system and have responsibility for the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.
Telephone: 020 3334 3555
Online contact form: https://contact-moj.dsd.io/
The Governments main Welfare to Work Programme will be replaced by the Work and Health Programme in the autumn of 2017. The Work and Health Programme will provide specialised support for those unemployed for over two years and, on a voluntary basis, to those with health conditions or disabilities. The Programme will be run by service providers awarded contracts by the government. The Programme will target people who with specialist support are likely to be able to find work within 12 months. It takes the place of two existing welfare-to-work schemes, the Work Programme and Work Choice, although many jobseekers who would previously have been supported by the Work Programme will now receive support directly through Jobcentre Plus rather than the Work and Health Programme.
A national programme which specifically helps people in prison and those in the community that have recently been sentenced or released from prison. You usually need to be referred onto the programme. For details of your local provider contact NOMS-CFO
Provides careers advice and information on a wide range of jobs, training course resources and funding.
Telephone: 0800 100 900
The ABI provides consumers with general information on insurance and savings products.
Telephone: 020 7600 3333
The Financial Services Compensation Scheme is responsible for compensating customers when their insurers have stopped trading or have no assets to pay claims made against them.
Telephone: 0800 678 1100 or 020 7741 4100
Shelter works to alleviate the distress caused by homelessness and bad housing by providing advice, information and advocacy to people in housing need and by campaigning for political change to end the housing crisis.
Telephone: Helpline 0808 800 4444
National Homelessness Advice Service (NHAS) provides free advice, training and support to housing professionals working in local councils, voluntary advice agencies, local Citizens Advice and public authorities in England.
Family members of those in prison
Offer support for anybody with a family member who is in contact with the criminal justice system. They provide advice on all aspects from arrest to preparing for release.
Work with parents whose children are in need, at risk or are in the care system.
Telephone: 0808 801 0366
Address: 2nd Floor, The Print House, 18 Ashwin Street, London E8 3DL
We have a number of links to searchable websites, specific organisations and useful resources. These are on a page in the information section of this site.
We are unable to give immigration advice as under UK immigration law, organisations can only provide this if they are registered with the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner (OISC). Details of specialist immigration organisations can be found below.
Bail for Immigration Detainees is an independent charity that exists to challenge immigration detention in the UK. They provide legal advice and representation to migrants detained in removal centres and prisons to help them secure their release.
Telephone: 020 7459 9750
Charities and voluntary organisations across the UK are being funded to provide help and information to vulnerable EU, EEA and Swiss citizens applying to the EU Settlement Scheme. The Home Office has information online about the organisations providing this support
Migrants Resource Centre has worked for over 30 years to help migrants, refugees and asylum seekers overcome the barriers that prevent them from fully participating in British society. They assist individuals in regularising their immigration status, learn English and find work.
Telephone: 020 7354 9631
Movement for Justice was set up in 1995 to tackle racism in institutional and established forms. They fight for immigrant rights and a society that is integrated on the basis of justice and equality.
PRCBC is the only organisation to focus directly on children and young adults and their right to British citizenship. They provide legal advice, aid, assistance and services relating to the registration of children as British citizens, to those people who could not otherwise obtain such provision due to lack of means.
For people with sexual offences
Supporting men and women who have sexually offended to resettle into the community by finding work or managing money. Offer a range of local projects.
Telephone: 0118 950 0068
Address: Abbey House, Abbey Square, Reading, Berkshire RG1 3BE
A child protection charity committed to reducing the risk of children being sexually abused. LFF work with adult male and female sexual abusers, young people with inappropriate sexual behaviours, victims of abuse and other family members.
Their Stop It Now Helpline gives confidential advice and support to prevent child sex abuse.
Provides specialist therapy across the UK to people with sexual convicitons.
Telephone: 07473 299883
The Clinks Directory is an online database listing hundreds of voluntary and community organisations working with offenders and their families.
Resettlement Service Finder has now been taken over by Nacro see Housing section above.
Links can be found in the information section on prison.
Although we’re unable to provide any counselling services we’ve set out below some useful contacts. Some of these are general and some specific to people with convictions.
Provide confidential, non-judgemental emotional support, 24 hours a day for people who are experiencing feelings of distress, including those which could lead to suicide.
Offer advice, relationship counselling, sex therapy, workshops, mediation, consultations and support face-to-face, by phone or through their website.
Telephone: 0300 100 1234
BACP are the largest and broadest body within the sector. It’s work with large and small organisations within the sector ranges from advising schools on how to set up a counselling service, assisting the NHS on service provision, working with voluntary agencies and supporting independent practitioners.
You can use the Counselling Directory to search their network to connect with a professional counsellor or psychotherapist. They only list qualified/registered counsellors and psychotherapists.
The UK’s independent authority set up to uphold information rights in the public interest, promoting openness by public bodies and data privacy for individuals. Also provide advice on how to protect personal information and how to gain access to official records.
Telephone: 0303 123 1113
Set up by the government to provide free and impartial money advice.
Telephone: 0800 138 7777
A women’s charity working to help and support women through the criminal justice system .
Telephone: 020 7251 6575
A Big Lottery Funded project which aims to reduce reoffending by improving employability and enhancing life skills. Their annual target is to get 30 ex-offenders a driving licence and in return for being taught to drive, the applicants must commit to 80 hours of voluntary work in the UR4Meals Foodbank.
Telephone: 07967 328564
An interactive marketplace bringing together organisations interested in developing mentoring services and those looking for mentors
Assists British citizens who are in prison abroad. They also help families and friends of people who are incarcerated abroad. When British citizens return back to the UK after being imprisoned abroad, they provide a resettlement service to support them.
People who maintain their innocence
We exist to help people who have accepted what they have done, and are now wishing to lead a law-abiding life. If you maintain your innocence, we have details below of some organisations that may be able to help you.
People against False Accusations of Abuse help people who are falsely accused and/or convicted of abuse.
Crisis services offering urgent support
24/7 text service, free on all major mobile networks, for anyone in crisis anytime, anywhere. It’s a place to go if you’re struggling and need immediate help.
Offer support to anyone experiencing a mental health crisis.
Telephone: 0300 304 7000 (Open from 4.30pm to 10.30pm every day)
Offer support to anybody under 35 and struggling with suicidal feelings.
Telephone: 0800 068 4141 or text 07786 209 697
If you identify as male and have hit crisis point, you can contact CALM.
Telephone: 0800 58 58 58 (open 5pm – midnight everyday)
Provide free confidential help and support to anybody under the age of 25 from Sunday – Friday, 2pm-11pm.
Telephone: 0808 808 4994)
If you or somebody else is in danger, or it feels like a situation might get dangerous and you need support right away, click on the link below to find out how to contact the police.
Mental health services are free on the NHS.
Telephone: To get urgent medical help, use the NHS 111 Online Service, or call 111 if you’re unable to get help online. For life threatening emergencies, call 999 for an ambulance.
CEOP help children stay safe online. If anybody acts inappropriately towards you or another child or young person online (such as sexual chat, or being asked to do something that makes you feel uncomfortable) you can report if on the CEOP website.
Information/advice outside England & Wales
Our information and advice covers England & Wales only. We get lots of queries from people in other places, and much of our information and advice will be helpful. However, we’re unable to give specific advice as the laws and rules are different outside England & Wales, which is why we have details of organisations that cover different places below.
OARS has been delivering professional services and support to people who have offended and their families for over 130 years. They offer practical help including finding accommodation and clinical and legal support/services as well as advocating for better public policy to reduce the overuse of incarceration.
Outcare is a not for profit organisation providing rehabilitation services, programmes and support for people with convictions in Western Australia. They work with people prior to and after their release from prison and offer practical support such as finding accommodation, helping individuals find work together with financial assistance and support.
VACRO works with individuals and families throughout an individual’s journey through the prison system and as they transition back into the community. They offer a range of courses for individuals as well as downloadable resources.
The Australia Prison Foundation is a non-profit organisation who are interested in providing information and support to prisoners, prisoners families and people working in the corrections field as well as creating a database of organisations and individuals who can support people in prison.
CFN assists individuals and families affected by criminal behaviour and imprisonment. They offer a free helpline and a bank of downloadable resources as well as facilitating support groups.
The John Howard Society have numerous offices across Canada and provide a range of services to released prisoners from basic job search skills to finding housing. They also advocate for changes in the criminal justice process and work to educate the public on all matters relating to criminal law and it’s application.
The 7th Step Society runs self-help programmes to assist people with convictions in changing their attitudes and behaviour that led them into conflict with the law.
The RPPC provide information, advice and training to assist people with convictions to reintegrate into society and rebuild ties with their families and friends.
Gevangenenzorg Nederlands is a voluntary organisation which helps people inside and out of the prison system, in becoming self-reliant. They also offer courses and mentoring to people released from prison.
PARS are a charitable trust that provide a range of specialist services to support and empower people to lead positive and productive lives following time spent in prison. They offer mentoring services as well as practical help with accommodation and finance.
Disclosure Scotland is an executive body of the Scottish Government providing basic, standard and enhanced criminal record checks. They can provide advice on Scottish-related disclosure issues.
A campaign initiated by John Legend to change the criminal justice policies in the USA.
Hope for Prisoners is a non-profit organisation that offers mentoring programmes, pre-vocational training workshops and other training to men, women and young adults exiting the criminal justice system.
Kentucky Re-entry are a collection of businesses, local government bodies, faith based organisations, non-profit organisations and individuals who work together to offer support, assistance and resources to those who have been in prison.
The Fortune Society helps those that have served prison sentences re-enter the community by providing a ‘one stop shop’ of in-house services.