Friday December 5, 2014
Member for Mulgoa Tanya Davies today commended the staff of Cobham Juvenile Justice Centre and volunteer organisations, such as Save the Children, for helping to turn the lives of young offenders around through education and vocational programs.
Whilst at Cobham with NSW Attorney General Brad Hazzard, Tanya Davies also took the opportunity to view the building work on new units to house detainees being transferred from Kariong Juvenile Correctional Centre (JCC) on the Central Coast.
Tanya Davies said the educational programs being undertaken by detainees at the centre were an important part of their rehabilitation.
“As well as attending school in the centre, detainees have access to a range of vocational programs which provide them with skills they can use when they are released,” Tanya Davies said.
“The Save the Children program offers a range of group life skills workshops including budgeting, anger management, cooking, CV writing, interview skills, relationship and communication skills.
“The group also provide a parenting program to young fathers who have children or pregnant partners on the outside to ensure these young men are better prepared for parenthood,” Tanya Davies said.
Mr Hazzard said that while most of the young men at Cobham come from severely disadvantaged backgrounds, they have shown commitment to bettering themselves by taking part in these programs.
“Juvenile Justice staff are well equipped to deal with young offenders and staff at Cobham will be trained to ensure the best outcomes for detainees from Kariong Juvenile Correctional Centre,” Mr Hazzard said.
“It is very encouraging to see the buildings taking shape for the transfer of detainees early next year,” Mr Hazzard said.