Resources

Family Connection Packs

With the spread of COVID-19, it’s more difficult than ever for families to stay connected so we have been getting creative.

Our Family Connection Packs help children stay connected with their parent in custody, both during times when visits are restricted, and when visits aren’t possible for other reasons.

Fill in your details to order your FREE Family Connection Pack (one per child).

Our connection packs are currently available in NSW only.

Family Connection Packs

Resources for families

When a family member is incarcerated, it’s often a confusing and difficult time for children.

Parents and carers might not know what to expect, where to go for help or how to prepare children for their first visits with their loved one in custody. That’s why we’re here.

These resources are for young children, older children and families to help prepare for a visit to a prison and connect you with support that is available to your family.

Information in English

This is SHINE

Your Visit – Young children

Your Visit – Older children and teenagers

Information in Arabic

This is SHINE

Your Visit – Young children

Your Visit – Older children and teenagers

Information in Spanish

This is SHINE

Your Visit – Young children

Your Visit – Older children and teenagers

Information in Vietnamese

This is SHINE

Your Visit – Young children

Your Visit – Older children and teenagers

Useful external resources for parents and carers

Roar

Roar is a children’s storybook for pre-school aged children in out-of-home care. It depicts a lion cub who has big emotions when he spends time with his father and how a gorilla carer and bear caseworker help him understand these emotions and find ways to regulate and enjoy the time he and his father have together.

Roar can be downloaded here.

From the Research Centre for Children and Families (RCCF), University of Sydney

My Family Time is Mine, Every Question you’ve had about Family Time + tips and tricks to navigate it all, download here.

From the Research Centre for Children and Families (RCCF), University of Sydney

Creative Connection Ideas for Prison Visits

Creative ideas to encourage connection through a digital or physical screen. The digital screens of video visits will be discussed first; followed by closed prison visits (where a barrier may be a glass or perspex screen)

From Barnardo’s, download here [PDF].