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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:

  • 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

Community Based Health and First Aid program
Prisoner volunteers work with prison staff and Red Cross facilitators to identify and address health, safety and wellbeing needs within their community.

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.

WorkREDi provides employment support for young people at risk of, or had contact with, the youth justice system. Young people receive generalist case management support, mentoring, training and skill development opportunities to help them feeling confident and job ready. Currently provided in Victoria.

Youth Justice Advisory Group
The Advisory Group is made up of young people who have been in contact with the justice system. It draws from their own experiences to identify key issues impacting young people in the justice system and provides an opportunity for them to share their stories to advocate for positive change. Currently running in Victoria.   

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.

Working Out to Step Out
Health and fitness programs in prisons and youth detention. Providing a physical exercise program that also teaches anger management, decision making, self esteem and self discipline. Currently provided in SA

Joint Support Project
Casework and mentoring for young people who are under a Juvenile Justice supervision order or after release from youth detention. Caseworkers and mentors help the young people set achievable goals to help them break the cycle of offending.