Job purpose

Child/Parent Activity Day is a special day set aside for children of prisoners to spend more time with their imprisoned parent. They are usually held during school holidays and provide a longer experience for children and their parents. These days include eating lunch together and taking part in a variety of activities aimed at enhancing parenting skills and parent/child bonds.

A Child/Parent Activity Day attempts to provide a more “normal” environment in which a child and parent can interact by providing activities that child and parent can do together, for example, creating art and craft or playing ball.

Requirements

Skills and attributes

  • The ability to interact with children
  • Promote a caring, culturally appropriate and non judgmental environment for children where they are the priority and where they, and their families, are treated with dignity and respect
  • Maintain an open, warm and professional relationship with all parents (inmate and non-inmate)
  • Ensure a safe environment for all those who attend, taking into account child care and protection principles of situational prevention and risk management
  • Have an understanding of the issues and challenges that children of prisoners face
  • Have an awareness of the issues faced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse clients
  • Excellent communication skills

Commitment

  • One 5-hour session during school holidays for a minimum 12 months

Times required

Weekday 9:00am – 2:00pm

Other requirements

  • An understanding of and adherence to Work Health and Safety principles to ensure the health and safety of yourself and others at the workplace
  • An understanding of the principles and practices related to workplace diversity and Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO)
  • Current Working with Vulnerable People Check

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