Child protection is an area of community legal work that is wrought with many challenges and hurdles when working with vulnerable families that are at risk of or have had interventions from Child Safety.
IUIH Legal Service, as a unique health-justice partnership in South East Queensland, has worked with clients over the last four years who identify or have the care of children who are Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander.
In this webinar, lawyers from IUIH Legal Service will share their learnings from working with First Nations clients who have had some form of Child Safety intervention or are at risk of interventions, including:
- Insights on systemic issues that clients have experienced and opportunities for legal practitioners to help families mitigate safety and risk concerns through providing non-judgmental timely legal advice and advocacy
- Culturally-safe referral pathways to relevant support services where possible, and
- Developing professional working relationships with decision makers as a means to help raise awareness on issues that affect families such as intergenerational trauma, cultural implications especially around suitably placing children with kin where appropriate, and other issues that affect First Nations families.