Healthy Families. Smart Justice. Safe Communities.
SOCIAL REINVESTMENT FOR WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Dedicated to change.
Social Reinvestment WA (SRWA) is an Aboriginal led coalition of seventeen community sector not-for-profits, who have a new vision for justice in Western Australia. WA has the highest level of over-representation of Aboriginal people in custody in the nation. Despite representing just 3% of the population, a legacy of inter-generational trauma from the Stolen Generations, systemic discrimination, socioeconomic disadvantage, poverty, and inequality has resulted in the shocking situation where Aboriginal people make up 78% of the kids, over half the women, and approximately 40% of men we send to prison. What is worse,
SRWA advocates for Social Reinvestment policies prioritising healthy families, implementing smart justice, and creating safe communities, for all Western Australians; and ultimately close the gap and the over-representation of Aboriginal people in custody in WA.
We are co-chaired by Aboriginal and sector leaders, Daniel Morrison and Glenda Kickett.
A Social Reinvestment Framework for Western Australia
Social Reinvestment is a holistic and evidence based approach to improving community safety, the wellbeing of families and individuals, and reducing the number of people we send to prison.
what can you do?
Let's Work Together
Social Reinvestment solutions to tackling the crisis of Aboriginal over-representation in prison and in child protection, require a holistic approach. We all need to work together to close the gap in justice and child protection sectors.
We believe in your role as a member of WA's community you can be key in making a difference in this area. Your work can change the record on Aboriginal incarceration, and change the story for future generations to come.
Social Reinvestment WA has identified priorities for reform by undertaking extensive research; analysing available data; and by drawing on our members' professional expertise and experience of working within the justice system, in the community sector, and with Aboriginal people. We believe a whole system, in the community sector, and with Aboriginal people. We believe a whole system approach is needed to address the underlying causes of offending. The elements of implementing the framework, in short, are:
- Supporting families early to address the underlying issues that can lead to crime;
- Diverting people who are in trouble with the law into support programs that will stop them from further offending;
- Assisting people who are imprisoned or transitioning out of prison to reintegrate into the community;
- Reforming laws that unfairly target minority groups;
- Prioritising cultural, social, and emotional well-being in all responses.
We want to talk to you about the concrete building blocks of Social Reinvestment, the framework, the policies. And how you can lay the foundations of Healthy Families, Smart Justice, and Safe Communities in your work.