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Families and community relationships can play an important part in supporting an offender to make and sustain those changes which reduce reoffending.
The Offender Services & Programs (OS&P) Branch supports integrated and comprehensive service responses, recognising that holistic interventions that target offenders' multiple needs and involve work with offenders' families and the wider community are more likely to be effective in reducing reoffending.
Therefore, the OS&P Branch promotes and negotiates relevant projects and research in this area, looking at practice standards, program & service evaluation and ways to improve integrated responses to families and communities affected by the criminal justice processes through active participation in
A strong family relationship can help offenders make and sustain the changes needed to turn away from crime. Imprisonment is known to disrupt family and community bonds and research suggests that this disruption increases the risk of reoffending.
Therefore specific services are provided for families of offenders who are in custody to facilitate contact and manage family crises as well as strengthen and maintain positive relationships. These include:
In addition, offenders in custody require assistance with a number of services to address their offending behaviour and deal with other life circumstances. Offenders are either referred to relevant community based service providers or directly supported by trained OS&P staff members who can assist them with:
OS&P staff members involved in this direct service delivery require a range of administrative, service and clinical support in order to maintain consistent high quality professional standards. The OS&P Branch provides:
The Principal Advisor Family and Community Support provides high level advice to senior Corrective Services staff on all matters relating to offenders' transitional needs, matters affecting their family and the wider community. Policy and procedural development is part of this position, dealing with comprehensive and integrated delivery of services, programs and activities. As a member of the Offender Services and Programs Advisory Team, the Principal Advisor Family & Community Support is responsible for ensuring:
Further information on services to families and children of offenders.
For more information about visits, the Children and Families of Offenders Steering Committee, and the CSNSW Strategy for service and program provision to Children and Families of Offenders visit the
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