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Children’s Supported Transport Service

Visits are really important for both children and their parent in prison. But some children just simply can’t get to visit their parent at all.

In our Children’s Supported Transport Service, we transport and accompany children to safely visit their imprisoned parent(s) or carer(s) or to attend our Child/Parent Activity Days. Our qualified Transport Workers and trained volunteers can negotiate the prison system and ensure the child’s visit to their parent is enjoyable and positive.

Is my child eligible for this service?

A child or young person is eligible to use this Service if:

  • they are under 18 years of age;
  • they have one or both parent(s) or carer(s) in prison;
  • the imprisoned or ex-prisoner parent(s) or carer(s) can demonstrate a significant relationship with the child or young person;
  • the child or young person lives in New South Wales, Victoria or the Australian Capital Territory;
  • they have no other practical/appropriate means of travelling to visit their parent, or attending the relevant group or function; and
  • if the visit is in the best interests of the child or young person.
  • Some children have special priority for the service:
    • newborn babies
    • children recently separated from their primary carer
    • children experiencing severe trauma as a result of the imprisonment.

How do I apply to use this service?

Contact your SHINE for Kids caseworker, who will assess your child’s suitability.