Specialist Re-entry Services
Our Uniting Reintegration team provides Specialist Re-entry Services (SRS), involving pre-release and reintegration support to men who have been incarcerated for life or indeterminate periods, or for long sentences.
Because we tailor our services to individual needs, we’ve continued to successfully help people to build the skills and confidence they need to live independently and reintegrate positively into the community.
Again this year, none of the people we supported through our services re-offended in a similar manner. While some people have returned to custody, it been for breaching the conditions of their release, rather than re-offending. Uniting continued to be the only community services agency entrusted with Re-integration Leave (RIL), where we support people who have gained a minimum security-rating in structured outings to prepare for eventual release into community.
Tom served a lengthy custodial sentence. Our SRS team worked with him pre-release for a number of years in the development of his reintegration planning. Tom was granted parole but was released suddenly to family. Reintegrating without support was a struggle for Tom, so he contacted Uniting and we commenced post-release support.
Our team were able to help Tom’s family understand some of the issues Tom was dealing with. We worked with Tom on his family relationships and with finding employment. We even provided guidance with expectations for dating.
Within one year, Tom progressed to be a productive and contributing member of the community. He moved into secure housing and became involved in an intimate relationship. He also enjoys strong ties with his family.
Beyond Youth Justice Services
In addition to SRS, our Uniting Reintegration team partner with Centrecare and Wungening Aboriginal Corporation to support the rehabilitation and emotional wellbeing of young people through Beyond Youth Justice Services.
This year, our team supported the delivery of the relationships-focussed LOVE BiTES program at Banksia Hill Detention Centre. In total, 11 programs were delivered which supported around 80 young people aged 15-17.
Crucial to the success of this program was viewing young people as active participants who are able to make choices for themselves when supported by information and new skills.