Aboriginal Women with Dependent Children Leaving Prison Project : Needs Analysis Report


This project investigates the transitional and post release needs of Aboriginal women with dependent children who are exiting prison in Western Sydney. It aims to understand their needs; appropriate services available and service gaps in the area, in order to recommend a service model and evaluation framework addressing these needs. In the longer term it is to inform a supported housing pilot project for this group of women and their children. This needs analysis is informed by social inclusion, rehabilitative, strengths based, Indigenous cultural and women specific theoretical perspectives. A literature review was undertaken. A qualitative method, employing purposive surveys of agencies and interviews with Aboriginal women prisoners, and a range of workers, was used. The analysis was guided by project logic. Service availability was compared with the needs evident from the analysis of the interviews and literature.

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