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Corrective Services New South Wales piloted the Storytime project at Emu Plains Correctional Centre. The project aims to foster a closer maternal relationship and also provide a strong incentive for female inmates to improve their literacy. The Storytime project involves female inmates who are recorded reading bedtime stories for their children, which is saved to a CD. A copy of the CD features a label with a photo of the mother and is sent to the child's carer together with the story book.
As part of the project, SHINE for Kids also sends out a children's activity pack with a stamp-addressed envelope for the child to write or draw a message to their mother in custody.
Abstract adapted from Corrective Services New South Wales
Corrective Services New South Wales
Henry Deane Building
20 Lee Street
Sydney NSW 2000
GPO Box 31
Sydney NSW 2001
Ph: (02) 8346 1333
Fax: (02) 8346 1205