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QCAL 2009 Annual State Conference 6 November 2009 [Literacy & Numeracy in the Correctional Environment] Ron Cox Ron Cox - AEVET Branch, Offender Interventions.

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1 QCAL 2009 Annual State Conference 6 November 2009 [Literacy & Numeracy in the Correctional Environment] Ron Cox Ron Cox - AEVET Branch, Offender Interventions Services

2 History  The Kennedy Report  Byrne Review Review of Prisoner Education in Queensland  Working Party – DETIR & QCSC – 1992  Commencement VET, Literacy Numeracy  ABS National Literacy Survey – 1996  Griffith University research – Jean Searle and Chris Schluter

3 Disadvantage  Inability to access education  1999 VET Review 15.4%Had not completed primary school 10.0%completed year %completed either year 9 or year %completed either year 11 or %had undertaken tertiary study  November %Had not completed primary school 9.25%completed year %completed either year 9 or year %completed either year 11 or %had undertaken tertiary study

4 Disadvantage (cont.)  Not a lot of change since 1999  Educational background of prisoners entering Queensland correctional centres similiar to that of 10 years ago, with improvement

5 Background  Component of VET delivery  Role to Play – Management and Rehabilitation & Reintegration of Prisoners Skills to: 1. Undertake further Education, VET 2. Undertake intervention programs 3. Participate/function in the community – post-release

6 QCS Procedures Literacy/numeracy  Screening – All sentenced prisoners  Assessment – Sentence length 12 months +  Screen – 30729QLD  Assessment – 39170QLD (VLA) 39171QLD (VNA) Employment/VET  EVNA

7 Delivery Process  Partnership – QCS and DET (since 1995)  Consultation with Centres/stakeholders  VET – Training Packages  Literacy – From Queensland accredited curriculum  Public & private providers  Hours allocated – Prisoner type

8 Literacy Hours 2009/10 Total hours Arthur Gorrie1400 hrs. Borallon1100 hrs. Brisbane600 hrs. Brisbane Womens1450 hrs. Capricornia1280 hrs. Lotus Glen1700 hrs. Maryborough1600 hrs. Numinbah630 hrs. Palen Creek1100 hrs. Townsville Mens1100 hrs. Townsville Womens600 hrs. Wolston2000 hrs. Woodford2300 hrs.

9 CODETITLE 39181QLDCourse in Vocational Numeracy - Contextualised 39180QLDCourse in vocational Literacy - Contextualised 39171QLDCourse in Pre-Training Assessment - Vocational Numeracy 39170QLDCourse in Pre-Training Assessment -Vocational Literacy 39165QLDCourse in Vocational Numeracy QLDCourse in Vocational Numeracy QLDCourse in Vocational Numeracy QLDCourse in Vocational Numeracy QLDCourse in Vocational Numeracy QLDCourse in Vocational Numeracy - Preliminary 39155QLDCourse in Vocational Literacy QLDCourse in Vocational Literacy QLDCourse in Vocational Literacy QLDCourse in Vocational Literacy QLDCourse in Vocational Literacy QLDCourse in Vocational Literacy QLDCourse in Pre-Training Indicator Literacy and Numeracy Curriculum

10 Literacy/numeracy Outcomes – 2008/09  Number of participants  AHC generated –  Enrolments – Correctional centres (Table)

11 Queensland Corrective Services (QCS) Prisoner enrolments* in Literacy/Numeracy Queensland Corrective Services (QCS) Prisoner enrolments* in Literacy/Numeracy Correctional CentresEnrolmentsWomenMenWomenMen Arthur Gorrie Borallon Brisbane Womens Capricornia Darling Helana Jones Lotus Glen Secure Lotus Glen Open Maryborough Secure Numinbah Palen Creek Townsville Wolston Woodford TOTAL

12 Program Locations

13 Review of VET, Literacy/numeracy  Conducted in 1999  Demonstrate effectiveness of program  Sample – 14% of 1998 population  Benefit to Prisoners: a positive learning experience satisfaction with completion of a program improvement of self esteem encouragement – further studies

14 How VET, Literacy/numeracy helps  Continue with education and training  use computer skills at home  Administer first aid if necessary  Write letters and keep in touch by writing  Now read books, papers and magazines  Help children with homework  Shop more effectively

15 Insert L Glen Delivery Schedule

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17 Evidence – Program Effect NCVER Research – Victor Callan Recidivism rates – VET participation VET participation – 23% Non participation – 32% 2006 Evaluation Report– Victor Callan Participants Advance2Work– 6.9% Participants VET – 6.9% Participants VET + Advance2Work – 13.8%

18 Summary  Positive influence on behaviour  Undertake programs and VET  The challenge – to build on the momentum and achievements, to ensure that offenders acquire skills and attitudes for learning.  Gaining skills to participate effectively not only in the education and training system but also in the community when released from custody.  The vehicle for the journey

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