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Annual Report 2015 - 2016

Community legal education

The Community Legal Education (CLE) Program provides targeted education for priority client groups and human services staff working with our priority client groups.

OBJECTIVE Access to justice

In 2015–2016, we focused on new arrivals, young people and families, and Aboriginal people.

New online videos explained the law to young people and families.

Highlights included:

  • rolling out the Best for Kids education strategy for young people and families. Five videos for children and young people on the enhanced website www.bestforkids.org.au had 13,437 visits and 33,942 page views. These videos are also hosted on YouTube where they received 4,010 page views. The rollout included 22 CLE sessions in 20 locations.
  • building awareness of our services with Aboriginal communities by participating in over 20 community engagement activities at Aboriginal community events. Activities ranged from information stalls at NAIDOC week events to a colour-in competition at the Aboriginal Footy Knockout.
  • developing an education strategy for new arrivals about changes to visa processing. We delivered 30 CLE sessions in eight locations.
  • providing more culturally appropriate education about consumer law for Aboriginal people in priority communities. New topics include paying for funerals and door to door sales.
  • rolling out a domestic violence education program for new arrivals at settlement services including Migrant Resource Centres and Adult Migrant English Program providers. There were 25 sessions at six locations.
  • delivering education sessions for interpreters and bilingual workers about common legal terminology and reference tools. Six sessions were delivered in five locations. A total of 146 interpreters and bilingual workers participated in these sessions.
  • delivering five law webinar master classes for specialised human services workers. Topics included: mortgage master class for financial counsellors, child support master class for family dispute resolution mediators and a master class for staff at Work and Development Order sponsor agencies.
  • rolling out an education strategy for young people on the criminal law consequences of sexting and cyber bullying. The strategy uses an interactive multimedia 'choose-your-ownadventure' style animation. Over 8,000 young people and their teachers and workers attended 185 workshops in 51 schools.

The Best for Kids website explains a complicated justice system to young people. Celebrating its launch were children and young people who starred in the videos, joined by National Children’s Commissioner Megan Mitchell and Kylie Beckhouse (far right), Director Family Law, Legal Aid NSW.The Best for Kids website explains a complicated justice system to young people. Celebrating its launch were children and young people who starred in the videos, joined by National Children’s Commissioner Megan Mitchell and Kylie Beckhouse (far right), Director Family Law, Legal Aid NSW.

OBJECTIVE Excellence in legal services

A review of our CLE activities— conducted by the Law and Justice Foundation of NSW—made a number of recommendations for a more coordinated approach to CLE across the organisation.

OBJECTIVE Supporting our people

Professional development and on-the-job training were the key focus to supporting our staff in 2015–2016.

One highlight was using mentoring pairs to deliver new education projects. Pairing experienced staff with newer employees helped to develop and strengthen skills through on-the-job coaching. Eight mentoring pairs were established, delivering activities across four projects.

OBJECTIVE Strong partnerships

Many of our CLE projects were developed and delivered through partnerships with other legal and non-legal services.

Highlights included:

  • linking up with other services through the NSW Forced Marriage Network to deliver an awareness and prevention program about forced marriage. Activities included the development of a factsheet, online content and 11 presentations to vulnerable client groups and human service workers.
  • delivering CLE sessions at Migrant Resource Centres through our Settlement Services International partnership.
  • teaming up with other agencies to provide information about common legal problems during Law Week. Activities included a road show that visited Bourke and Brewarrina and targeted events at public libraries coordinated through a partnership with the Legal Information Access Centre at the State Library of New South Wales.
  • an education program to raise awareness with hospital staff before the launch of the Blacktown Hospital Health Justice Partnership in June 2016. CLE sessions were provided to Nursing Unit Managers, Social Workers, Emergency Department staff and an induction of Medical Officers. See Western Sydney first.

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  • Implement the recommendations of the CLE strategic framework.
  • Establish a CLE steering committee to improve the coordination of our CLE.