Read-Along Dads program - Victorian Legal Services Board + Commissioner

Read-Along Dads program

May 2, 2017

The Herald Sun recently featured an article on the ‘Read-Along Dads’ program, titled: ‘The programs helping jailed dads start a new chapter’.

Read-Along Dads was funded for three years through the Board’s 2016 Grants Round.  The project consists of two complementary parts.

The first part aims to keep fathers who are serving prison terms in touch with their children. The fathers record themselves reading a book to their child, with both the recording and the book later being sent to their child.

The second part involves a literacy program consisting of book groups, creative writing, craft sessions and events.

While the program aims to improve the social and emotional health and literacy of both the prisoners and their children, it also seeks to improve chances of prisoner rehabilitation through connection with their family.