Keep em Safe toolkit launch
In a bid to ease the stress surrounding legal proceedings and improve understanding of how court cases work, a new toolkit has been launched in Broome.
Legal Aid WA launched its third toolkit under its Blurred Borders project, releasing the Keep em Safe Child Protection kit in a special afternoon tea launch ceremony held at Lotteries House last fortnight.
The Keep em Safe Child Protection kit was developed by Legal Aid WA community liaison and education officers Lindsay Greatorex and Temali Howard following the success of the first two Blurred Borders Bail and Criminal Process and Family Violence kits.
The set of legal communication tools uses visual art, plain language and storytelling to enhance communication between lawyers and their clients to ensure better access to justice in regional and remote areas. Ms Howard said the kits were a resource to help lawyers ensure everyone was on the same page when they went through the justice system.
“Sometimes we get people coming to us in times of crisis so these kits are a great way to put everything down on paper and have a look at it in a visual way rather than just saying things to people and having it go in one ear and out the other because they’re so stressed,” she said. “Being able to put it all down in cards and pictures and present them in a way that’s nice and bright and easy to understand so it takes away some of that stress and helps them to process what’s going on and how it all works.”
Ms Howard said there had been a very positive response to the new kit and the two resources that preceded Keep em Safe.
“We have distributed the kits all throughout the West and East Kimberley as well as in the Northern Territory,” she said.
“As far as I know, apart from those people that already have them, we have also been sending these kits over east and to Perth.”
Ms Howard said she hoped more and more people would see the Blurred Borders toolkits as a great resource and start using them.
“We all have a right to understand things and this is hopefully a resource that will help them do that.”
The launch had a great turnout by locals working within the justice system such as lawyers, prison officers and Magistrate Elizabeth Langdon. They were joined by Legal Aid WA director Dr Graham Hill and Commonwealth Attorney-General’s Department legal services policy division first assistant secretary Tamsyn Harvey.
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