Cultural Liaison Officer Identified
Queensland Corrective Services
QCS subscribes to five key values:
- Integrity - we act ethically, honestly, impartially and in the best interest of the community
- Accountability - we are publicly accountable for our actions-
- Working together - we work in collaboration with our colleagues, stakeholders and the community
- Learning - we value creativity, innovation, flexibility and continual improvement in the pursuit of excellence
- Diversity - we treat all people with respect and value differences
- This position has been identified as a position to be filled by an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person because of a number of factors, including the gross over representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander offenders in custody. It is an occupational requirement that this position be filled by an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person as permitted and arguable under Sections 25, 104, and 105 of the Queensland Anti-Discrimination Act 1991.
In this role you will:
Assist in case management ensuring that program referrals and cultural issues are adequately addressed during their sentenceContribute to the sentence management function by attending prisoner inductions, parole interviews, prisoner reviews and assisting with transition arrangements for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander prisoners.Work within a multidisciplinary team to manage the progression of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander prisoners through the correctional system including the assessment of prisoners and the provision of reports to sentence management and professional staff on the outcomes of those assessments.Liaise with prisoners’ families, management and Queensland Corrective Services staff, Government and non-Government welfare agencies and service providers to ensure prisoner’s individual, social and cultural needs are met.Coordinate Elder visits to correctional centres on a monthly basis and as required Facilitate offender access to required legal services through the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Service including the management of their visits and contact with their nominated legal representativeContribute to staff awareness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander prisoner needsProvide welfare services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander offenders to ensure appropriate support is available during times requiring additional services such as family issues, leave of absence requests, medical services and hospital visitsAssist with the facilitation of prisoner criminogenic programs targeted at addressing identified prisoner rehabilitation needs, particularly those programs that focus on meeting the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander prisoners.Assist with the completion of program exit reports and documentation and ensure that relevant case notes are entered into the Integrated Offender Management System (IOMS).Develop and maintain a comprehensive case notes.Provide consultancy services to, and accept referrals from, professional staff within the centre.Coordinate Family Visits Days and other culturally significant activities.Monitor and maintain family contact for offenders to ensure families and community representative visit.Consult and liaise with communities and organisations regarding cultural issues and the needs of prisoners.Initiate, encourage and facilitate greater engagement with community groups/networks for the purpose of increasing post release family support structures.Work with a range of agencies, including the Departments of Communities – Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Services, Justice and Attorney-General, Queensland Police Service, Family Responsibilities Commission, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Services, community justice groups and others to address the issues that bring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people into contact with the correctional system.This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License.
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