Prison & Court Support

Working closely with prisoners and their families 

We implement a prison visiting programme ensuring we identify people who need rehabilitation support. Our work focuses on establishing and facilitating an enriching connection between offenders, their families and our teams. We aim to positively break down stigmas and drive change in our communities. In addition, we offer our help by providing information and extending our network to families who need support with legal matters, court procedures and probation.


Through our prison visits, we enable prisoners to build a support network with our teams, by being a consistent and dependable source of support, we earn the ability to positively influence their lives. We work with prison authorities and chaplains to motivate prisoners to make positive choices and pursue the right opportunities after their sentence.

Guidance on visiting people in Prison

To visit someone in prison you must be aged 18 or over, or under 18 and accompanied by an eligible adult.

You must also be either:

  • partner, parent, sibling, child, foster-parent, grandparent
  • carer or someone who the prisoner relies on for emotional support

If you’re visiting a young offender institute or secure training centre, you can also visit if you’re a social worker for looked after children.

For families that need more information, you can also reach out to he National Prisoners’ Families Helpline | Telephone: 0808 808 2003

We provide support with the court and legal matters here at MACWO through our team and volunteer community.

However, if you need immediate information on free or affordable legal advice we recommend visiting your local Citizens Advice