- Lillian Kassioras
- Office: +61 (03) 91942861
As part of its strategy to reduce the number of women in Victoria’s prisons, the State Government has allocated funding to develop and implement gender-specific, trauma-informed training for prison officers in the two women’s prisons: Dame Phyllis Frost Centre (DPFC) and Tarrengower Prison.
The introduction of a trauma-informed approach to the management of women acknowledges the complex needs of women in custody and the high prevalence of trauma among this cohort. Reforms to training also acknowledge recent Victorian Ombudsman reports that identify gaps in training in the women’s prison system and recommend that the Department ensures prison officers are trained in areas such as women with a disability, women with mental health conditions, and working with mothers and children.
The goal of trauma-informed, gender-specific training is to ensure that a trauma-informed approach is followed for all custodial staff activities in the women’s prison system, which will help staff build trust and effective relationships with women, ultimately facilitating their engagement in programs and services designed to reduce the risk of reoffending.
To access the RFT, organisations will be required to register on Buying For Victoria and complete the Registration and Deed of Confidentiality (“the Registration and Deed”). Organisations should submit their Registration and Deed (with subject line Registration and Deed for RFT 018/19-20) to CV.GrantsandProcurement@justice.vic.gov.au.
CGP-1038 Deed of Confidentiality RFT 018 19-20 Training Package Women s Custodial System
- Version 1 (04/02/2020)
- Available by Download (616 KB)