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Tue, 20 Sept


Gateway Community Care

CAPO Roadshow - Churches

This DEVONPORT workshop is for church leaders and members who work with families and children and would like to learn more about how they are affected by having a family member in prison. Training on 20th September is specifically designed for churches.

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CAPO Roadshow - Churches
CAPO Roadshow - Churches

Time & Location

20 Sept 2022, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Gateway Community Care, 100 Don Rd, Devonport TAS 7310, Australia

About the Event

Considerable research has shown that children with a parent who offends, or who is in prison, are at greater risk of mental illness, social isolation, behavioural issues, and reduced educational prospects. The emotional trauma that these children experience, and the practical difficulties of a disrupted family life are often compounded by the negative social stigma that these children face. The CAPO team will hit the road with the goal of presenting to agencies across the state, showcasing training and support resources available to address the needs of this very vulnerable group within society.

Over the past few years, a group of government and non-government agencies have been working collaboratively in order to improve the quality of life for children and families affected by the offending behaviour of a loved one. The commitment to work together to support this vulnerable group of children has resulted in some great outcomes. The identification and sharing of resources and the creation of professional training and familiarisation programs has been outstanding.

While this information has been disseminated well within the Hobart region, the working group, Children Affected by Parental Offending (CAPO), is conscious that these resources would also be of significant benefit to many agencies throughout Tasmania.  During this presentation we will partner with William Wilberforce Foundation and discuss the challenges faced by churches in support people who have a family member incarcerated or are supporting someone in prison.  

The workshop will cover:

• The effects of incarceration and the justice system on families and children

• resources that are available to support the family and children

• suggestions of how your organisation can support families and children affected by the incarceration of a loved one.

• supporting a person in prison and when exiting prison

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