• 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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  • Keeping kids connected to their parent in custody

    28 August 2021
    Keeping kids connected to their parent in custody

    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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  • 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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