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Services for people in the justice system

Young male in a correction centre

How Red Cross helps

In helping offenders, families and at-risk youth, Red Cross works to achieve the following outcomes:

  • Young people considered most at risk of imprisonment or detention gain the support necessary to stay out of detention.
  • People in prison are better able to manage their safety, health and well being and remain connected to their families and communities.
  • Families are better able to cope with the stress and stigma of having a family member incarcerated.
  • Following release from prison or juvenile detention, ex-offenders will gain improved opportunities, greater resilience, and have positive social connections.

Red Cross programs for offenders and family support

Prisoner Support Program
Peer support for new inmates and inmates in need of support. Currently provided in Tasmania.

Visitor Support Centre
Personal and practical support for people visiting a family member or friend in prison. Currently provided in Victoria.

Nutrition education for inmates of the Eastern Goldfields Regional Prison, WA.

Training for people to prevent, recognise and respond to health emergencies from alcohol and other drug use. Currently provided in ACT, NSW, QLD, SA, TAS, and WA. Read more about save-a-mate.

Melbourne Youth Justice Centre
Providing young offenders with positive social interaction through sport. Currently provided in Victoria.

Talk Out Loud
Mental health training course offered to young people in prison or detention centres. Currently provided in NSW, SA and TAS.

Step Out 
Dedicated mentors working with young offenders - supporting them to access services, make plans for the future, and integrate back into the community. Currently provided in SA. Read more about Step Out.

Learn more about how Red Cross is helping offenders. Download the Red Cross brochure for offenders and their families.