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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 03 Hansard (Wednesday, 31 March 2021) . . Page.. 785 ..

Footage must be retained for a period of seven (7) years for the following matters:

incidents where further action is taken within 12 months; and

use of force

Footage is stored securely and backed up.

Alexander Maconochie Centre—parenting programs(Question No 116)

Mrs Kikkert asked the Minister for Corrections, upon notice, on 12 February 2021:

(1) How many mothers with children under 18 are in the Alexander Maconochie Centre (AMC).

(2) What parenting programs does the AMC offer to incarcerated mothers with children under 18.

Mr Gentleman: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

1. As at 15 February 2021, 13 women detained at the Alexander Maconochie Centre (AMC) self-reported that they have children under the age of 18.

2. The AMC offer four programs for women detainees with children under the age of 18, including:

SHINE for Kids – Child/Parent Days

A Child/Parent Activity Day attempts to provide a more ‘normal’ environment by providing activities that a child and parent can do together (e.g. creating art and craft or playing ball). Giving the incarcerated parent an opportunity to make their child’s lunch, feed them a bottle, or play and create without the other carer present can be empowering as it allows them to participate in everyday parenting tasks that they’re otherwise unable to undertake. This program will recommence once COVID-19 restrictions allow.

SHINE provides transport to and from scheduled visits and child/parent days. SHINE also supports detainees’ families to transport newborn babies to the AMC to bond with their mothers.

‘Story Time’

The ‘Story Time’ program allows parents to strengthen their bond with their children and take a role in their child’s education. The parents read a children’s story which is recorded onto a recordable book. The book is forwarded to the child so that they are able to read the book while listening to their parent’s voice.

Elders Family and Culture program

The Elders Family and Culture program is aimed at Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander female detainees who have children in the community. Eligible detainees can nominate one incarcerated family member to join them, with participating detainees able to have their children come into the facility for specific family and culture engagements, such as artwork, jewellery making, story-telling or traditional dance, provided by a local Indigenous service provider.

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