How we help Information for consular staff Prisoners Abroad's consular area Arrest and imprisonment Our casework team talk about how we work with prisoners and families who are affected by overseas imprisonment. What do I take on my first consular visit? Authorisation form Contact with family and friends form Craig Feehan Fund (CFF) application form (developing countries only) The authorisation form and contact with family and friends form should be taken on all first prison visits when someone has just been arrested. The authorisation form is the single most important document as that is how a prisoner can sign up and give consent for us to hold information about them. The contact with family and friends form enables us to share information with a prisoner’s named family and friends. We can then explain how we’re supporting their loved one in prison and provide updates to them. The Craig Feehan Fund (CFF) application form enables the prisoner to apply for our survival grants. This is for prisoners in developing countries with no other financial support so will not be required in all cases. What if the prison doesn’t allow paperwork to be signed at consular visits? Our verbal consent form will enable you to get the prisoner’s consent if they are not allowed to sign the paperwork. You can also use it to get consent to speak to family members or apply for CFF funding. What might I need to take after the first consular visit? It’s always useful to have spare copies of the contact with family and friends form, in case the prisoner wishes to add/remove names of family contacts. Our medical fund application form enables the prisoner to apply for funds to cover the cost of essential medical treatment. We’d advise you to take this form on all consular visits. As the prisoner approaches their release from prison, take a look at our ‘Approaching release’ page.