Apr 12 2017 10:34 AM
Highlighting the impact of a mother's incarceration on children this report is a first for South Australia.
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.
Download media release: Children ‘collateral damage’ in the criminal justice system
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