Ongoing psychological trauma; a system at odds with the needs of children and mothers and a lack of coordinated services are just some of the issues impacting on children identified by community members in a report released today.
For the first time in South Australia, Women’s prison advocacy group Seeds of Affinity, has released a report highlighting the impact of a mother’s incarceration on children.
Every women and child: A community response to the issues of children in the criminal justice system involves the insights of community agencies and advocates, including mothers with lived prison experience; the Commissioner for Victims’ Rights; a leading psychologist; the CEO of the Aboriginal Legal Rights movement and senior staff in the Department of Corrections.
The shocking mistreatment of youth in detention aired on the ABC Four Corners program at the Don Dale Youth Detention Centre is prevalent across the Australian prison system.
Seeds of Affinity call to include women and girls in the royal commission into Northern Territory juvenile detention.
Former women prisoners tell the world “what I know now” to assist others transition from life outside of jail, and educate the public about the struggles faced during this time.
Seeds of Affinity is hosting a public forum, Every woman and child, to raise awareness of the most vulnerable people in our community – the children of women in prison.
I was pleased to have the opportunity to support an initiative which represented the work of women who are very much in need of gainful employment and the support which is derived from the group setting. I am aware from my own work of the benefits that the program has produced in the lives of women who have participated. - Greg Mead, Senior Counsel, Legal Services Commission of SA