Wellbeing and resilience

DCS has entered into a partnership with the Wellbeing and Resilience Centre (WRC) at the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI) to build on the wellbeing and resilience of staff across the agency.

The Wellbeing and Resilience Project 2016 to 2018 is a strengths based approach to build on the baseline level of wellbeing and resilience in our staff and enable staff to get the most out of life.

DCS understands the importance of supporting staff:

  • while they are healthy rather than waiting and responding only once challenges arise
  • to spot and use their strengths and the strengths of others in the workplace
  • to be knowledgeable and skilled in managing their own emotions and wellbeing and the emotions and wellbeing of others.

DCS is also committed to exploring ways to build the wellbeing and resilience of female and male offenders and to better understand the relationship between improved wellbeing and resilience outcomes and reduced offending.

Over the course of the project wellbeing and resilience training will be provided to women in prison and men who participate in the Therapeutic Community based at Cadell Prison.

Evaluation processes will sit around each trial.