‘Just Moving On‘ moves ahead
Funded by the Tasmanian Community Fund and partnered with the Tasmania Prison Service and Tasmanian Chamber of Commerce & Industry (TCCI) in June 2020, Just Moving On is a ‘throughcare’ program to support men and women exiting prison.
Just Moving On supports participants after their completion of Connect42’s Just Time prison parenting program.
The Just Moving On speech pathologists work with participants in individually tailored programs through the time they leave prison and head back into community. This work will support language, literacy and skills of connection. And further job readiness will be supported through our partnership with the TCCI.
Well-delivered throughcare is proven to reduce re-oﬀending. It is proven to support pro-social reintegration to community. It delivers a safer, more productive and engaged society to all.
Why Move On?
Since the first Just Time group commenced in 2014, participants have been consistently telling us they wanted to do the program again on the outside.
With their partners; and with their mothers.
They asked if we could teach them to read.
They asked if we could test their children’s language development:
“I reckon my little fella’s not doing so great at school. I’m worried he’s gonna have the same problems as me”.
These kinds of unsolicited statements of ‘felt need’ conceived the plan for Just Moving On.
And there was community–felt need too. Stakeholders, journalists, and community members always asked one question:
Did we continue to work with participants of our prison-based programs when they leave prison?
They intuited that, surely, ongoing support must be in the mix for success after prison.
The community’s intuited questioning is a match for the criminological evidence about supporting successful community reintegration. And it matches what is being learned about desistance from crime. We had a convergence – of public opinion and of scholarly data.
But we could never answer those questions happily:
No, we didn’t offer programs for when they left prison. Our volunteering and early funding just didn’t stretch that far.
Then, in June 2020, with thanks to the Tasmanian Community Fund and Connect42’s great partners, we could say (even yell from the rooftops):
Yes! We do!
Conceived in prison in 2014, Just Moving On is now birthed!
Evidence, Motivators & Recommendations
Running parallel with the Just Time work back in 2014 was a broader gathering of evidence which led us to develop Just Moving On.
Our founder’s (Rosie Martin) own research, her deep experience as a Speech and Language Pathologist and her completion of a Criminology Degree all provided motivators for a throughcare program. These learnings were the first drivers for Just Moving On. Even the name ‘Just Moving On’ was conceived back then.
Then in 2019, the Just Time external evaluation report supported the way we were heading. The report also recommended a throughcare program. The external panel’s strong emphasis on throughcare was very appropriate and served as the corroborating cherry on top of our established thinking. The timing of this report with the evidence we had amassed over the years was, we believe, a strong recipe for success. We were already well underway.
We will also use what we do and learn from Just Moving On to further add to important data and evidence. We will continue to strengthen the faith of the community in the pro-social beneﬁts and outcomes of rehabilitation and relationship-based support.
It is support that weaves the growth of skill with kind connection.