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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 prisoners 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

All vocational education and training provided by the Agency 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 offer prisoners access to several cognitive-behavioural therapy based (CBT) intervention programs that target offending behaviours and anti-social thinking. These intervention programs are all evidence based, accredited and delivered by a combination of QCS program delivery staff and external service providers and designed to assist prisoners in developing pro-social skills and techniques to avoid situations that may lead to further offending. Custodial intervention programs target specific offence types such as substance abuse, violence and sexual offences.

The Agency also recognises the need for specific programs for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders, female, youthful and prisoners with disabilities and provides a number of programs aimed at supporting an offence free lifestyle for these prisoners.

To further support vocation, education and interventions, the Agency has adopted wellbeing and psychological health programs which are designed to provide prisoners with simple and effective cognitive and behavioural techniques in which to manage day-to-day stress, their emotions and behaviours which may have a negative impact on themselves and others.

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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:

  • Low intensity substance abuse programs
  • Moderate Intensity Sex Offender Programs
  • Resilience Programs
  • Positive Futures (Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander substance abuse and family violence)

Offenders can also be referred to external programs and services which can target areas such as domestic violence, gambling, relationships skills and programs which are supportive of living a pro-social lifestyle.

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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:

  • Queensland Police Service
  • Queensland Health
  • Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services
  • Department of Education and Training
  • Centrelink
  • Department of Housing and Public Works
  • 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: 16 May 2017