• Messages to Mum

    2 August 2021
    Messages to Mum

    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 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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  • Storytime helps Maddison stay connected to her Dad

    27 October 2020
    Storytime helps Maddison stay connected to her Dad

    National Children’s Week promotes the rights of children and young people, and to celebrate their capacity to actively contribute to the world around them. Children have a right to be connected with their parent in prison. With prison visits suspended  because of COVID-19, children haven’t been able to physically hug their mum or dad for over 6 months. 69% of Carers we surveyed say that their children are not coping. Who are these ...

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  • New study commissioned by SHINE on effects of COVID-19 on children of prisoners

    19 May 2020
    New study commissioned by SHINE on effects of COVID-19 on children of prisoners

    We are very pleased to share with you the new research study ‘Maintaining family contact during COVID-19: Describing the experiences and needs of children with a family member in prison’ led by Monash University together with Australian National University and Griffith University, commissioned by SHINE for Kids and funded by Paul Ramsay Foundation.

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  • A message to SHINE Children and Families

    12 May 2020

    We asked our child and family coordinators from NSW, Victoria and Queensland to send a message to our SHINE Children and Families during the COVID-19 health crisis. This is what they said!

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  • Donate your device

    2 April 2020
    Donate your device

    Do you have an unused iPad you can donate? Help our kids keep in touch via video call with their parent in custody while prisons are closed to visitors during the Coronavirus pandemic. Our staff are working hard to ensure every child is able to stay connected to their loved ones via video call while we the prisons are closed to visitors during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of our children and ...

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  • National Phone Hotline COVID-19

    30 March 2020
    National Phone Hotline COVID-19

      SHINE for Kids has established a National phone hotline for children and families during the COVID-19 crisis. If you are needing support or just need some information, please don’t hesitate to give us a call on 02 9714 3000. We will then connect you to the right person in your state who can help. If you would rather email us you can also do so on [email protected] We are here to help.

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