Module 2: perspectives on working with young people: facilitator's guide

6.3 Young people, advocacy and the law

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Young people and the law

In order to be a strong advocate for young people you are working with it is important to have access to good legal information. It is impossible to keep up with legislation related to young people because it frequently changes and varies from state to state. However, there are now a number of ways to access good information quickly. The Internet, for example, provides comprehensive information covering each state.

Take away exercise

Learners should complete this exercise in their own time – refer them to their Learner's Workbook.

Workplace learning activity (task - writing exercise)

Question - Log on to the Lawstuff website (www.lawstuff.org.au) and summarise the results of your research into two areas of law related to young people in your state (e.g. homosexuality or private rental).

Question - What other sources are available to assist you in your work with young people?

Task - writing exercise

It is very important not to give legal advice to a young person. You can provide them with general information and act as an advocate but never give legal advice. If a young person needs legal advice you can help them find a lawyer (preferably one that is youth-friendly).

Question - Most states in Australia have youth legal services. Where could you refer a young people for legal advice?

Summary

Overhead transparency

  • The basic principles of social justice are:
    • access
    • equity
    • rights
    • participation
  • Advocacy is one strategy for helping to achieve these principles.