• Media Release: SHINE celebrates successful partnership with Serco at Clarence Correctional Centre with new office opening

    17 December 2021
    Media Release: SHINE celebrates successful partnership with Serco at Clarence Correctional Centre with new office opening

    SHINE for Kids is pleased to announce the grand opening of our new offices in South Grafton, NSW, which are based in the New School of Arts Neighbourhood House. These offices will house our expanding team who service the Clarence Correctional Centre (CLA) in partnership with Serco. The office launch is a chance for us to celebrate our partnership with Serco and successes running evidence-based parenting programs for the men ...

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  • Media Release: COVID Catch 22 – NSW children denied right to visit parents

    2 December 2021

    On 29 November, NSW Corrective Services informed SHINE for Kids that children in NSW under 12 will be banned from visiting their parent in prison because they are unvaccinated. Yet in NSW, children under 12 can’t be vaccinated and so cannot meet this new criteria. SHINE calls on the NSW government to end this Catch 22 situation immediately. The government must reverse this decision to allow children under 12 to ...

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  • SHINE joins national ‘Raise the Age’ campaign

    13 October 2021
    SHINE joins national 'Raise the Age' campaign

    Across Australia, children as young as 10 can be arrested by police, charged with an offence, hauled before a court and locked away in a prison. It’s time for the federal, state and territory governments to do what is right and change the laws to raise the age, so children aged 10 to 13 years are not sent to prison.

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  • Media Release: Maintaining the child parent bond critical for children of prisoners during COVID-19

    30 August 2021

    Children with a parent in prison experience a deep sense of abandonment when a parent is incarcerated. That sense of abandonment has been amplified by COVID-19 and has lifelong impacts. SHINE draws attention to the mental health implications of the removal of visiting rights, at this time of heightened anxiety both for children and for their parents.

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  • Get your Summer Holiday Family Connection Packs

    28 August 2021
    Get your Summer Holiday Family Connection Packs

    With prison visits suspended in many states, we’ve been getting creative to ensure kids can remain connected to their parent in custody. For families in NSW we have extended this to loved ones in all correctional centres in NSW.

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  • Messages to Mum or Dad in custody

    2 August 2021
    Messages to Mum or Dad in custody

    As part of SHINE’s adaptive service delivery during the latest COVID restrictions, we have developed a journal and worksheets to help children stay connected to their Mum or Dad in custody.

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  • We are COVID safe!

    6 July 2021
    We are COVID safe!

    SHINE for Kids is committed to protecting its staff, volunteers, visitors and the children and families we work with. We have a Covid-19 Safety Plan, which is in line with government regulations. All staff, volunteers and visitors are required to check in using a QR code before entering our sites or child and family centres. And finally, our staff will be constantly reminding children and families about the need for ...

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  • NSW Parliamentary Inquiry: Support for Children of Imprisoned Parents in New South Wales

    24 June 2021
    NSW Parliamentary Inquiry: Support for Children of Imprisoned Parents in New South Wales

    Children whose parents are imprisoned remain largely invisible and are a highly vulnerable group whose rights and welfare are affected at every stage of criminal proceedings against their parent. In NSW the rights of children of incarcerated parents remain largely unacknowledged within the criminal justice system. Children of prisoners fall through the cracks created by inadequate program funding, ad hoc service provision and a lack of clarity in law and ...

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  • SHINE announces appointment of Shane Hamilton as Chair

    9 March 2021
    SHINE announces appointment of Shane Hamilton as Chair

    SHINE for Kids is pleased to announce the appointment of Shane Hamilton as the new Chair of the Board of Directors. Shane is a Wakka Wakka, Bundjalung man from Northern NSW/South East Queensland and first joined the Board as a non-Executive Director in 2018. He is SHINE for Kids’ first-ever Aboriginal Chair.

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  • Teachers supporting children with an incarcerated parent

    19 January 2021
    Teachers supporting children with an incarcerated parent

    SHINE is delighted to start the year by sharing the final external Evaluation Report of our Teacher Training conducted by Associate Professor Danielle Tracey and Dr Katrina Barker from the Centre for Education Research at Western Sydney University.

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