Aboriginal Services

Aboriginal Throughcare program

In the final 3 months of their sentence, Aboriginal prisoners can work with the Outcare team through the Aboriginal Throughcare program. The program supports prisoners as they transition out of custody. It begins 3 months before release and continues for 12 months post release.

Clients are provided with essential support and can be referred to a range of services during the transition period where patterns of behaviour are identified and addressed. Case managers act as advocates to support and provide coaching to remove barriers to successful engagement with services in the community. In addition, the program focuses on building stronger relationships with family, culture and community.

Our approach to case management is based on trust, respect and acceptance. We prioritise confidentiality and operate in an environment that is non-judgemental and culturally appropriate.

This can include help with:

  • Accommodation
  • Employment and training
  • Family engagement
  • Cultural connectedness
  • Informal counselling
  • Capacity building

The program is open to all Aboriginal prisoners in Hakea Prison, Bandyup Women’s Prison, Boronia Pre-release Centre for Women, Acacia Prison and Banksia Hill Detention Centre.

You can be referred to us by the resettlement team, transitional managers or case planning at the prison or detention centre, or you can refer yourself. To refer yourself, contact our staff when we are visiting your prison and tell us that you would like to be involved with the Aboriginal Throughcare program.

Or contact Outcare reception on (08) 6263 8622 for more information about this program.

 

Family Violence program

This program is designed for Aboriginal offenders affected by family and domestic violence aged between 18 and 35. The program currently runs at Acacia Prison.

The program provides a culturally appropriate space for participants to explore and gain greater understanding of their actions and behaviours affecting families, culture and communities. Case management support is provided pre release and up to 24 months post release. Counselling sessions operate in a confidential and non-judgemental environment and comply with Australian counselling standards. The sessions have a focus on understanding and managing the effects of trauma. All sessions are run inside the prison.

At Acacia Prison referrals are made by the resettlement team. At all other prisons referrals are made by transitional managers. If you want to be involved, speak to someone on the team at the prison.

Or contact Outcare reception on (08) 6263 8622 to speak to the coordinator of this team for more information about this program.