Young People the focus of community development and education initiatives
In July, ECLC led and contributed to a range of initiatives focused on improving the health and safety of young people in the East.
In the Yarra Ranges, ECLC has been working with Healesville High School to deliver legal education to students and staff, covering common legal issues and the ways in which ECLC can help young people and the broader school community.
Yarra Ranges Council recently hosted a ‘think tank’ session to generate ideas for tackling two key issues affecting young people in the region: youth suicide and sexual health. ECLC was pleased to contribute to this vital discussion, which identified programs and services currently available as well as opportunities to expand support.
On July 6, ECLC visited Connections UnitingCare in Blackburn. This was a valuable opportunity to provide professional development for family support workers who are often managing complex situations related to family law and family violence.
Community legal centres (CLCs) have a long and proud history of advocating on behalf of young people, educating them about the legal system and empowering them to succeed. CLCs have also pioneered and celebrated innovative ways to connect with parents, teachers, service workers and others responsible for the daily care and long-term development of young people.