Beyond Barbed Wire Program
Children need safe, strong, and nurturing families in order to thrive.
What is Beyond Barbed Wire?
Beyond Barbed Wire is a specialist program supporting incarcerated mothers to prepare them for their return to their family and community. The program works towards creating safe futures for children by supporting families, understanding their individual cultures and strengthening connections within communities.
How we help incarcerated mums
Remain connected to children
Develop parenting skills
Help with social isolation
Access support services
Reduce children in care
"Beyond Barbed Wire have given me hope and the strength and support to keep going."
Helping women gain confidence and valuable life skills
Part of the Beyond Barbed Wire program is to support mums reconnect with their children, families and community after their time in jail. This is where the Three Wise Women Café helps. The café is more than just a coffee van, it is a social enterprise that is run by mothers who have been involved in the criminal justice system, providing opportunities for mums to build their confidence and gain valuable skills like cash handling and customer service as well as receiving barista training. These community connections make a real difference to women who are rebuilding their lives.
See the program in action:Three Wise Women coffee cart
Outstanding outcomes for mothers
94.7% of women did not return to jail after 1 year
94% of women reported an increased sense of purpose and hope
Beyond Barbed Wire services
Social enterprise in community – training and work experience
We offer targeted training and employment opportunities for mums who are or have been in contact with the criminal justice system. Participants have opportunities to develop skills and gain experience by hosting events in community with the Three Wise Women mobile cafe.
Community and sector education
This program facilitates a range of community and sector training/professional development workshops across NSW. These workshops include barista training, Hearts Inside and Visiting Prisons for children, young people and carers.
Parenting and life skills programs in custody
Parenting programs provide information and examples about child development, strategies for helping children at school and at home, learning through play and other practical support.
Case management model
Including: weekly home visiting, specialist referrals to health services, legal services and therapeutic services such as psychologists and residential treatment programs, Court support, links to community networks and activities, mentor support, early learning enrolments, supported playgroups, after-school activities for children, education, and training opportunities.
We match mums leaving custody with a trained volunteer in their local community. This helps reduce the experience of isolation and builds strong connections to the community in a supportive environment.
Short stay transitional accommodation
Short-term (1-3 months) supported accommodation for mums who are in contact with the criminal justice system or are being released from custody. Women, who meet the eligibility criteria and have dependent children, will be given priority. It is not an emergency accommodation service.
Beyond Barbed Wire program eligibility
Being impacted by the criminal justice system can be a daunting experience. Beyond Barbed Wire Program is here to support mums to create a pathway towards change.