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Rehabilitation

The Agency offers a range of programs, activities and treatment services that aim to lower the risk of further offending and meet the needs of offenders.

Rehabilitation - Custodial Operations

Education and vocational programs provide offenders in custody with valuable skills and training to improve their literacy and educational levels, and to improve their employment opportunities. The programs also play an integral part in the management and rehabilitation of prisoners.

Participation in educational programs depends on the prisoner's assessed needs. Programs include:

  • one-to-one literacy education
  • literacy and numeracy education
  • secondary education
  • tertiary education
  • traineeships/apprenticeships

All vocational education and training provided by the Department is nationally accredited and includes courses such as:

  • furnishing, construction, engineering, hospitality, horticulture, and sport and recreation
  • computer/information technology studies
  • first aid and occupational health and safety
  • indigenous studies in art, culture, environment and community studies

The Agency also provides a Post-release Employment Assistance Service that assists prisoners immediately prior to release, and after release, to gain and retain employment. The program helps with literacy and numeracy skills, living skills, as well as vocational training and job search placement.

The Agency also offers offenders access to several cognitive-behavioural based intervention programs that target offending behaviours and anti-social thinking. These cognitive-behavioural based programs are designed to assist offenders to confront and understand their past criminal behaviour, and to develop pro-social skills and techniques to control their behaviour and avoid situations that may lead to further offending when released from supervision or custody. These programs can be emotionally intensive. They may target specific offence types such as substance abuse, violence and sexual offences.

The Agency is also developing cognitive-behavioural programs to meet the specific needs of Indigenous and female offenders. Treatment is also available to offenders who have drug-related problems.

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Rehabilitation - Probation and Parole Service

Queensland Corrective Services also offers a range of programs targeting the offending behaviour of people subject to court supervision and post-prison orders.

These include:

  • Substance Abuse Relapse Prevention
  • Sex Offender Program
  • Anger management
  • Cognitive skills

Offenders can also be referred to programs from other services, such as Relationships Australia's "Break Even" program for problem gamblers and the TAFE "Under the Limit" program for drink drivers. Offenders undertaking programs are expected to participate in learning key concepts. They will be required to complete homework assignments that explore their personal offending behaviour and attitudes.

In some circumstances, the offender is also required to develop an individualised relapse prevention plan.

At the completion of any program, an exit report is provided by the facilitators to the offender's supervising officer to ensure that key concepts and individual relapse prevention plans are monitored and enforced.

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Rehabilitation - Other Agencies

QCS works collaboratively with a range of other agencies to enhance the supervision of offenders.

These agencies and resources include:

  • Department of Justice and Attorney-General
  • Queensland Police Service
  • Queensland Health
  • Department of Child Safety and child protection services
  • Department of Education
  • Centrelink
  • drug and alcohol services
  • gambling counselling
  • employment and budgeting services
  • accommodation agencies

These relationships are crucial to ensure effective risk management. This is achieved through sharing information about risk, sharing intelligence, confirming the accuracy of information provided by offenders, and ensuring that integrated planning and service delivery across agencies occurs.

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Last updated: 01 August 2008