Seeking feedback on draft child protection duty lawyer guidelines

Seeking feedback on draft child protection duty lawyer guidelines

Wednesday, 3 October 2018

Under Action 33 of the Child Protection Legal Aid Services Review, we committed to develop state-wide duty lawyer guidelines for the child protection duty lawyer service, with flexibility to accommodate different regional requirements.

Child protection duty lawyer services are delivered daily across the state but there are currently no child protection duty lawyer guidelines.

We have worked closely with private practitioners, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander legal services, community legal centre lawyers and our staff from metropolitan and regional areas to develop proposed new Child Protection Duty Lawyer Guidelines.

From 3–17 October 2018, we are seeking general feedback on the proposed Child Protection Duty Lawyer Guidelines.

Download the Draft Child Protection Duty Lawyer Guidelines (doc, 101 KB)

We welcome feedback from any person or organisation with an interest in the Child Protection Duty Lawyer Service. We are seeking views on the following questions:

Question 1

Do the guidelines identify all relevant people who should be entitled to access the Child Protection Duty Lawyer Service? Are the categories of people entitled to duty lawyer services appropriate? Are there any additional people that should be included?

Question 2

Is the extent of duty lawyer service to be provided to each category of person appropriate? If no, please provide details.

Question 3

Other than the circumstance set out in Guideline 4.4, are there any other circumstances that should entitle a person to a second duty lawyer service? If so, what are they?

Question 4

Do you have any other feedback or comments on the Child Protection Duty Lawyer Guidelines?

Next steps

We will consider all the feedback received and make any final changes to the guidelines required. The final proposed Child Protection Duty Lawyer Guidelines will be considered by the VLA Board in late 2018. Implementation of the new Child Protection Duty Lawyer Guidelines is scheduled for early 2019.

How to provide feedback

Feedback can be provided by email or phone to Project coordinator, Aurore Delcourt on (03) 9269 0226 or email AuroreDelcourt@vla.vic.gov.au

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