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  Relate in prisons 9 February 2005  
helping families on the outside

When a man or woman is in prison the family left behind also suffers.

Partners often have to struggle with little money whilst there are difficulties explaining to a child why a parent has gone away.

At the end of a long separation it can be hard to pull the family together on release. The charity, Action for Families, is co-ordinating 'family relationship workshops' in prisons.

At Ashwell Prison near Leicester wives and partners come together with male prisoners to spend a day thinking through some of the problems they may face. Caroline Swinburne joined Theresa Oldman of Relate.

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