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Family Contact Officers

For some time now every prison has at least one Family Contact Officer (FCO).The FCO is a member of prison staff  who is responsible for encouraging and maintaining links with families. The main role of the FCO is to offer  support and advice for relatives who may have concerns about their loved ones. 


As well as liaising between the visitors and the prisoners the FCO can also put visitors 
in touch with our partner  agencies who can provide advice, mutual support and understanding.

 If you feel you may benefit from this please do not hesitate to ask to speak to the FCO at the prison you are visiting. If  the FCO is unable to assist you personally, they will put you in touch with someone who can. You can also speak with the FCO by telephone, see numbers below:

Addiewell – 01506 874 500 opt.2

Barlinnie – 0141 770 2037

Castle Huntly - 01382 319425

Cornton Vale – 01786 835 325

Dumfries – 01387 274 625

Edinburgh – 0131 444 3113

Glenochil – 01259 767 275

Grampian – 01779 485 680

Greenock – 01475 787801

Inverness – 01463 229 027

Kilmarnock – 01563 548 872

Low Moss – 0141 762 9557

Perth – 01738 637 198

Polmont – 01324 722 374

Shotts – 01501 824 131