Our social work program was established in 2016, after it was recognised that many women experiencing family violence not only face complex legal issues, but also a diverse range of non-legal issues. It was evident that in order to provide holistic and person centred support to our clients, that the professions of social work and law should work alongside each other, both using a trauma informed lens in approaching their work.
Our free social work program is available to clients who are receiving assistance from our legal team and meet the required eligibility criteria. Clients can let their lawyer know that they are interested in the social work program or their lawyer may recommend accessing the program. Our lawyers will advise clients whether they are eligible and whether the social work team is currently accepting new clients. If so, the lawyer will arrange a supported referral.
Social Work support is generally available to clients who are:
The social work program provides individual support tailored to each individual’s unique set of circumstances. The support provided to one client, might look quite different to the support provided to someone else. Social work supports may include some or all of the following:
Over the past four years, many clients have reported that they feel better equipped to engage in legal processes when being supported with their other non-legal issues by a social worker. Clients also find it helpful to speak with a social worker who has knowledge of the legal system.
Our social workers and legal team agree that working together in an integrated way informs each other’s work and enhances the quality of services that can be provided to clients.
Last modified on November 20th, 2020 at 12:13 pm
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