Partners of Prisoners
Providing Support to Families of Offenders
POPS, established by offenders’ families for offenders’ families. Identifying needs and finding the solutions: being the solution.
POPS was established in 1988 by family members experiencing the stigma and distress of supporting a relative through a custodial sentence. Since that time our remit has broadened as we have identified and responded to the needs of families. Today we provide support services at all stages of the criminal justice system, from the arrest of a loved one through to the first steps towards resettlement. This is POPS ‘continuum of care’, a model in which support for offenders’ families is consistent, committed and continuous. We continue to be guided by need, involving users at every stage to direct service development and delivery. Families themselves are our greatest resource in assisting other families in need and we are active in encouraging those who have experienced the system to get involved.