Fitzroy training forums for community workers: criminal justice

General Grant
2013/2014
$21,560 (exc GST)

About the project

Fitzroy Legal Service Inc. were funded to design and organise a number of one-day legal training forums on the criminal justice system to help community workers gain a better understanding of the criminal justice system so they can more effectively support clients who are experiencing criminal law issues. The 12 sessions were conducted throughout Victoria, including at seven regional centres.

Topics included:

  • an overview of the criminal justice system
  • sentencing options, including therapeutic jurisprudence
  • infringements process
  • legal and ethical requirements of client confidentiality.

Outcome of the project

The project equipped community workers with a basic but practical understanding of the criminal justice system. The training forums enabled community workers to more effectively support clients experiencing criminal law issues.

Fitzroy Legal Service facilitated nine full-day training forums across regional and metropolitan areas in Victoria. The legal training forums focused on the criminal justice system for community workers – such as social workers, health workers and drug and alcohol workers. The sessions aimed to assist these professionals to gain better understanding of the criminal justice system so they can more effectively support their clients who are experiencing criminal law issues.

While the sessions benefited over 285 community workers, and in turn their clients, the project also improved relationships between Fitzroy Legal Service and other CLCs across Victoria, establishing a positive precedent for further work in the future.

This page was last updated on February 09, 2016