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Tasmania book launch and programs showcase

 Save the Children Australia launches new Visiting Dad book for children with fathers in jail.
21 August 2018

Save the Children is putting its Tasmanian programs on show in a practical and interactive illustration of the breadth of our work.

The showcase will include interactive stalls and booths on Save the Children programs such as youth justice (bail and transition programs), multicultural and family support programs, and child friendly spaces.

There will also be stalls from Save the Children supported programs and organisations such as alternative education program Hands on Learning and child safeguarding agency Child Wise.

As part of this showcase the child rights organisation will be launching a book for children with fathers in the criminal justice system. 

Visiting Dad uses soft toys to detail a child’s visit to her father in jail and the emotions and challenges this presents for children who visit their dads in prison.

The book was created in response to the need identified by workers from the successful Supporting Parents in Prison pilot program.  

Save the Children Tasmania state manager Lisa Cuatt said the programming provided a wonderful opportunity to showcase the innovative work the organisation did in the state.

“We know there is a huge need outside of Hobart where most of our programs are concentrated, with lots of need in the north and north west of Tasmania, and we want to expand our programs into these areas,” Ms Cuatt said. 

“We’re keen to build on the work of successful programs such as the Cool4School program, which has successfully used mindfulness, counselling and a therapy dog to reduce disruptive behaviours at school.” 

The therapy dog Georgie, who will be present at the showcase, assists Cool4School by helping students calm and regulate their emotions, encouraging children at risk of expulsion and poor life outcomes to stick with their education and start dreaming about what they could achieve.

When: Tuesday 21st of August, 1pm to 2pm
Where: Tasmanian Parliament House and Parliament House Lawns

For interviews, call Jess Brennan on 0421 334 918

 

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