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The Inside parenting program at the Marngoneet Correctional Centre in Victoria aims to develop and enhance the knowledge and skills of male participants in parenting.
The program commenced in August 2011 and seeks to improve the parent-child relationship between participants and children in their lives, and ultimately to reduce the likelihood of prisoners' children following their fathers' patterns of antisocial behaviour.
The program is run as a full-time three month program, using information and cognitive behavioural techniques to build skills in areas such as communication, problem-solving and child development. The program also provides a fortnightly clinical support session and supported play sessions so that participants can practice their newly acquired skills when their children visit them in prison.
Abstract adapted from Department of Justice Victoria