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30 PAROLE BOARD OF THE NORTHERN TERRITORY | ANNUAL REPORT 2012 PARTNERSHIPS Offenders on parole face many re-integration barriers that place them at risk of re-offending, including difficulties securing accommodation and employment. It is hoped that the partnerships developed such as NAAJAs through care program will compliment and supplement the through care provided by the Community Corrections Division. The purpose of through care is to assist prisoners who are on parole to set realistic goals, identify appropriate support networks and maintain practical plans for re-integration in the community. North Australian Aboriginal Justice Agency (NAAJA) NAAJA has established a Prison Support Officer Project and an Indigenous Through Care Project. The Prison Support Officer Project started in September 2009. It has two Prison Support Officers who are based at the Darwin Correctional Centre. Their roles include: Supporting Aboriginal prisoners applying for parole by liaising between the prisoner and their parole officer and providing access to legal advice and representation. Providing some post-release support to selected Aboriginal prisoners leaving prison to reside in the Darwin region after serving an extended sentence Making referrals to the Darwin Correctional Centres Prisoner Services for prisoners with complex needs including substance abuse, mental health issues, homelessness and other non-vocational barriers to assist them prepare for release. NAAJAs Indigenous Through Care Project started in February 2010. It has four case managers who each provide case management to up to 15 Aboriginal clients. Their roles include: Accepting referrals of clients, including from the Darwin Correctional Centre, the NAAJA Prison Support Officer, external service providers or the family of Aboriginal prisoners Assessing the transitional needs of Aboriginal prisoners prior to their release, interviewing Aboriginal prisoners individually to determine their needs for rehabilitation, accommodation, family support and employment prospects Developing individual case management plans in partnership with the prisoners who will have identified their goals upon their release; Identifying relevant services that can be accessed to achieve their transitional goals upon release Working in partnership with key stakeholders to provide the essential services to contribute to the success of transition from prison back into the community. These include community groups and government agencies.