|Author||Baldry, Eileen; Ruddock, Jackie; Taylor, Jo|
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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