CHILDREN & YOUNG PEOPLE
VIDEO VISITS PROGRAM
The Video Visits program provides an opportunity for prisoners to see their children via a direct video conferencing link between the prison and an external site. The external site will be either a local Community Corrections Service or a community agency. This site must be within Victoria, and VACRO will organise the most appropriate and mutually convenient location.
This program offers children the opportunity to maintain contact with their parent in prison, particularly where visits are not possible. A VACRO support worker may be available to offer support and debriefing with the family by telephone, following the video visit.
For more information or to apply for the program, contact VACRO on (03) 9605 1900.
SUPPORTING KIDS AND YOUTH (SKY)
The SKY counsellor works systemically to provide counselling for a child who has a loved one in contact with the adult criminal justice system, support to the carer and to the parent who may have been incarcerated. Counselling sessions can be with the child, young person, adult or whole family. This support is available to families at any stage of their family contact with the criminal justice system; during arrest, court process incarceration and/or release of a family member from prison. To be eligible for this service, the following criteria apply:
- there must be a child in the family who is under 18 years of age
- the individual / family must have had some contact with the criminal justice system
- the person attending counselling must want to attend (this is a voluntary service)
This support can assist with managing the impact of having a family member involved in the criminal justice system, or support an individual who themselves has had contact with the criminal justice system, to manage their own family issues. For further information contact VACRO on Tel: (03) 96051900; download the brochure or visit our webpage of resources
This service is funded by the Ross Trust foundation.