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Elm Place Influencing Different Futures offers opportunities for influencing different futures. Over the year Elm Place supported prisoners in South Australia to deal with issues arising from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. Funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services. Visit www.dss.gov.au for more information The high incidence of past experiences of institutional care and child sexual abuse for those in prison is well documented. Through its engagement with prisoners who have had experiences of child sexual abuse, the Commission has referred a number of men and women who are currently incarcerated to Elm Place for further support. Assistance has been provided via phone or face-to-face meetings to people in all of the South Australian prisons with a range of issues, such as help with preparing witness statements to the Commission and giving support where distressing memories of past abuse have been triggered through the public work of the Commission. These activities have provided Elm Place practitioners with opportunities to contribute to release-planning and linking with community services, facilitating family reunions and re-integration into the community. Much of the work has been educational and oriented to making sense of past experiences of abuse. The work has been guided by the principle of providing an institutional response to recent memories of abuse that stands in contrast to past experiences and 30 Relationships Australia SA Annual Report 2016 -2017 Funding acknowledgment Counselling for Prisoners with a Blood Borne Virus One third of the male and two thirds of the female prison population are currently living with Viral Hepatitis. For the last five and half years, MOSAIC Services have been involved in supporting clients living with Viral Hepatitis. MOSAIC provides counselling one day a week from Adelaide Women’s Prison and one day every 3 weeks from Mobilong Prison. Our MOSAIC workers counsel clients on a diverse range of issues and concerns, including stigma and discrimination, health, trauma, domestic violence and self-esteem. The service closely collaborates with the Department for Correctional Services and the South Australian Prison Health Service in order to ensure that a holistic approach is taken with respect to prisoner support; as a result MOSAIC Services are now included in Parole Conditions. MOSAIC also provides advocacy and support to clients going through the criminal justice process and aims to assist with reducing recidivism, which affects so many prisoners in South Australia (approx 45% end up re-offending and are re-incarcerated). The team continues to work with prisoners following release into the community, providing some stability and continuity with reg \\ܝ\X\˂XY[ܙHX]SRPܛB\\\\ܝ\XHۈYH L[[XۛY[Y[HX[\۝X]Y[\\ܘ[K