Claire Seppings is a Social Worker (BSW 1984) and criminal justice consultant, beginning her social work career with the Department of Social Security. Becoming a qualified Naturopath during her daughter's childhood in 1996 she conducted a healthy living program in Bendigo Prison in 1997 returning to social work in 1998. In 2003 she led the development of Centrelink’s Victorian Justice Services Program which she managed for more than 10 years. Throughout this period, she developed substantial relationships with non-/government sectors, her creation and establishment of many innovative projects to reduce recidivism and community impact gaining high-level recognition. Her aspiration to bring about change in the criminal justice system is driven by her extensive professional and personal experience. This comes from her journey with a former partner's revolving prison life. Claire received the Victorian Custody Reference Group ‘Access to Justice Award’ (2012) and a Churchill Fellowship (2015) to study the rehabilitative role of ex-prisoners as peer mentors. In 2017 Deakin University received funds to develop and trial an Australian first peer mentoring model based on Claire's fellowship findings and appointed her Project Coordinator. She is Chair of the Victorian Custody Reference Group and Member of the Women's Correctional Services Advisory Committee.
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