Settled and Safe transcript

Settled and Safe transcript

[Upbeat music plays]

Images from the Settled and Safe training package appear on screen.

Text: Settled and Safe [with Victoria Legal Aid logo]

Leanne Sinclair, Family Violence Program Manager, Victoria Legal Aid [on screen]: There is significant research to say that people from new and emerging communities face significant barriers in accessing advice and assistance. We know that by increasing a person’s knowledge of the law we can help to prevent disputes or at least guide that person into services that might be able to assist them.

[Image of man walking into a Victoria Legal Aid office reception area and image of Victoria Legal Aid street front signage]

Alaine Prime, Community Liaison Educator, Victoria Legal Aid [on screen]: Settled and Safe is a collaboration between legal aid and settlement services.

[Alaine Prime opens a lap top and starts typing]

[Alaine Prime is training a group of settlement workers who are seated at a table]

Alaine Prime [on screen]: The first stage is we can offer training for settlement workers and the laws that we focus on are those that most affect families so we discuss child protection, family violence and family law.

[Video cuts to Alaine Prime training a group of people]

Alaine Prime [on screen]: So this is how Settled and Safe works so basically Settled and Safe is…

[Vision returns to Alaine Prime addressing the camera]

Alaine Prime [on screen]: Then the following phase of the project is that we can partner with those workers to deliver information sharing sessions on the same content but with their community groups.

[Vision changes to a community group of men, women and children at a Settled and Safe information sharing session. People are laughing and listening]

Leanne Sinclair [off screen]: Over the past five years Victoria Legal Aid has developed a strong track record of delivering community legal education to new and emerging communities.

[Vision shows an image of Settled and Safe training package and the What’s the law? DVD]

Leanne Sinclair [on screen]: These resources include Australian law in orientation and What’s the law?

[Vision changes to an image of man and child colouring a piece of paper at a community session]

Tony Daquino, Managing Lawyer Outer-eastern suburbs, Victoria Legal Aid [on screen]: People from those newly arrived communities come from countries where their legal systems are very different so, therefore, it’s important that we get to those people at a very early stage, when they are settling in.

Samantha Ratnam, Team Leader, Family Services, Spectrum Migrant Resource Centre [on screen]: After the first 3–5 years when you are doing a lot of that practical settlement that’s when your relationship issues, family dynamics – those are the things that start to really change, and you have different stressors in the family.

[Vision changes to an image of woman and child looking at a Victoria Legal Aid information card]

Tony Daquino [off screen]: The preventative nature ensures that these communities – being the workers, and also the clients they are assisting – are aware of the legal issues that arise and perhaps can put into place processes to ensure that maybe some of these legal issues don’t arise.

[Vision changes to Alaine Prime walking into a training session and sitting on the floor to deliver training]

Leanne Sinclair [off screen]: Settled and Safe builds on and extends earlier community education projects by using community development principles of storytelling, relationship building to unpack sensitive legal issues.

[Vision changes to a wide shot of an information sharing session taking place]

Leanne Sinclair [off screen]: By using community stories, Victoria Legal Aid was able to learn more about the migration and settlement experience of the communities that we were working with.

Rita Ando, Project Officer, Victoria Arabic Social Services [on screen]: We collected some data and survey feedback from the clients and they really like the way the session was facilitated. The fact that we used a story of that community, it helped a lot to enhance their understanding about that topic – it is about the system, it is not about that particular community.

[Alaine Prime training at an information sharing session and image of the community story text]

[Vision changes to Alaine Prime reading a story from the training package to a group in an information session]]

Alaine Prime [on camera]: It was a hard journey, but they are all safe now, although Cing worries about some of her family back home.

Alaine Prime [on screen]: The reason we use community stories is because it enables the group to talk about these issues, which are quite private and personal, in a safe way.

[Vision changes to Alaine Prime taking a Settled and Safe training package from a bag and placing it on a table]

Leanne Sinclair [off screen]: The Settled and Safe training package contains all of the information and resources needed by a legal service to be able to deliver Settled and Safe to their local community.

[Vision changes to Alaine Prime presenting the training package to settlement workers who are seated at a table]

Alaine Prime [on screen]: The project really facilitates the ability to build a close relationship between settlement services and a mainstream service like Legal Aid.

[images of training sessions]

Samantha Ratnam [on screen]: Being involved in the training and working with Victoria Legal Aid has really strengthened that relationship. Partnerships and collaborations are a really effective way of working especially with this population.

[image of training session]

Leanne Sinclair [off screen]: Lawyers were often seen as being part of the justice system and the justice system was generally avoided by people from new and emerging communities.

[Vision changes to an image of the Spectrum settlement services entrance and sign, followed by image of training session]

Leanne Sinclair [off screen]: By partnering with settlement service organisations, we have been able to get people through the door who might generally not have received legal advice.

[Vision changes to an image of a training session]

Tony Daquino [off screen]: It has helped our lawyers learn a lot more – the background and the current situation and arrangements for the clients they are representing.

Samantha Ratnam: We really wanted to improve the capacity of our staff to be able to respond to the differing and increasingly complex needs of our clients, to help them then link into other services that could respond, and the feedback was that it really did help.

[Vision changes to an image of an information sharing session]

Reta Ando: The way that we could bring a lot of people to work under the one umbrella, two different services – that’s a positive achievement.’

[Upbeat music plays]

Text: Victoria Legal Aid gratefully acknowledges funding from the Legal Services Grants Program which enabled Settled and Safe to be developed and delivered.

[Vision changes to images of the Settled and Safe logo as well as the Legal Services Board logo and Victoria Legal Aid logo]

Text: © 2014 Victoria Legal Aid

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia licence You are free to re-use the work under that licence, on the condition that you credit Victoria Legal Aid as author. The licence does not apply to any images, photographs or branding.

Authorised and published by Victoria Legal Aid, 350 Queen Street, Melbourne Vic 3000.

Was this helpful?