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May 28, 2024

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The ‘Family Law and Young People’ (FLYP) project was funded by the Victoria Law Foundation and came about as the result of a gap identified by project partner Anglicare’s TRAK Forward program. Picture: ON FILE

By Anita Koochew

A new initiative targeted at young people has been launched by Eastern Community Legal Centre in partnership with Anglicare’s TRAK Forward Program.

The ‘Family Law and Young People’ (FLYP) project was funded by the Victoria Law Foundation and came about as the result of a gap identified by project partner Anglicare’s TRAK Forward program.

The FLYP resources developed by the project provide information for young people impacted by the family law system to help them be more aware of their rights.

CEO Michael Smith is proud of the partnership between ECLC and Anglicare’s TRAK Forward Program and believes that these resources are an excellent step forward for young people affected by the family law system.

“The FLYP information provides a basic understanding of common questions that arise for young people in the family law system in a way they can understand,” he said.

“Young people are largely excluded from the family law process, but the reality is that they can still come into contact with the system at various points and without proper access to information and support, the outcomes can have significant ramifications.”

The project developed a set of ten one-minute videos and an informational brochure, that are available online.

The resources cover a range of topics, including how to access legal help as a young person handling disagreements with parents, and runs through key aspects of the family law system

such as going to court, family reports and court orders.

“We believe these resources will be really useful for young people who need access to information about the family law system and is a convenient and less intrusive way for young people receive it,” Smith said.

All FLYP resources can be accessed on ECLC’s website: www. eclc.org.au/flyp/

Young people who live, work and study in the East can also seek further clarity or information about their personal situation, by contacting ECLC via the online application form here, eclc.org.au/help, by email eclc@eclc.org.au or calling 1300 32 52 00 during business hours.

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