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FAIR: The Families and Imprisonment Research Study


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 We are pleased to announce further details of the talk by our second keynote speaker for the upcoming Families and Imprisonment Research conference on 25th June 2019! Professor Nancy Loucks will be speaking on the challenges and opportunities in supporting prisoners’ families.


Prof. Nancy Loucks is the Chief Executive of Families Outside, a national Scottish voluntary organisation that works on behalf of families affected by imprisonment.  Prior to this she worked as an Independent Criminologist, receiving her M. Phil and Ph. D. from the Institute of Criminology at the University of Cambridge, and in 2012 was appointed as Visiting Professor at the University of Strathclyde’s Centre for Law, Crime and Justice. Nancy was awarded an OBE in the 2016 New Year’s Honours List for services to Education and Human Rights.  She co-chairs the Justice & Care work stream for the Independent Care Review for Scotland; is Secretary General to the Board of Children of Prisoners Europe; and is on the inaugural Board of the International Coalition for Children of Incarcerated Parents (INCCIP). 



Details of the upcoming keynote by Professor Loucks:

‘Not Waving but Drowning’: Opportunities and challenges in supporting families when someone goes to prison


Tens of thousands of people experience a family member’s imprisonment each year in the UK, yet support services reach a fraction of them. This is despite the significant impact imprisonment has on families, both in terms of their contact with the criminal justice system and contact with their family member, but also in terms of their finances, housing, employment, victimisation, physical and emotional health and wellbeing, relationships, and concerns for children. Why do families choose not to seek support when someone goes to prison, and how can we improve opportunities to reach people in this situation? This presentation questions these dilemmas and gives an example of one organisation’s approach as well as what can be learned from others.



Institute of Criminology



Centre for Community, Gender & Social Justice


Economic and Social Research Council