NSW Engagement and Support Program
The NSW Department of Communities and Justice’s Engagement and Support Program (ESP) a voluntary, consent-based program that aims to assist individuals to make positive changes that limit their risk of involvement in violent extremism.
Our dedicated ESP case managers work with people who may be vulnerable to violent extremism to build protective factors and develop a positive sense of identity, belonging and self-worth. They help clients to:
- Plan goals based on individual risks, needs, circumstances and strengths
- Access programs and services to address these goals, including linking to education, employment, and mental health support
- Connect with positive social and community support
- Work with other government and non-government agencies to access services required as part of each client’s individual case plan
Participation in the ESP is voluntary, and we respect the privacy of our clients.
Each client is assigned a case manager, who works with them to set goals with the aim of limiting their risk of participating in violent extremism. A senior psychologist also works closely with the case manager to provide regular advice, tailored to each client. The ESP may also support the families and relevant associates of participants.
Each client’s case plan details the services and activities put in place to help them reach their goals. The plan is designed to provide support in various areas of the client’s life, including arranging tailored mental health and social support.
The ESP is not a ‘de-radicalisation’ program. It does not directly attempt to alter political, religious, or ideological beliefs of an individual. Rather, the ESP provides a range of tailored support services that aim to reduce the influence of violent extremism.
The ESP is delivered by the Office of Community Safety and Cohesion at the NSW Department of Communities and Justice, and forms part of the national ‘Living Safe Together’ program. Client case management is supported by a panel of representatives from government agencies who provide specialist advice from divisions across the Department of Communities and Justice in the areas of Child Protection, Corrective Services and Community Corrections, and Youth Justice. The panel also includes representatives from NSW Police, the NSW Department of Education, NSW Health, and the Australian Federal Police.
Individuals who you may think are at risk can be referred to the program by government and non-government organisations. The program is open to those showing an interest in the use of violence for social change and, in certain cases, those who may have previously engaged in violent extremist behaviour. The program is open to clients aged 14 years and over. Involvement in the program has no set time limit, and clients can participate more than once.
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The program is funded by the Commonwealth government as part of the Living Safe Together Intervention Program and NSW Government within its violent extremism strategy.
The NSW ESP is delivered by the Office of Safety and Cohesion at the NSW Department of Communities and Justice.