Safety in family law
23 March 2017
Thursday, 23 March
Screening, risk assessment and safety planning are three distinct but complementary processes that support professionals to fulfil their obligations to ensure, as best as possible, safe outcomes for victims of violence and their children.
As professionals in the family law system - lawyers, FDRPs, report writers and others - we should be aware of the safety issues in a case. This will minimise the possibility that our intervention can do serious harm and increase the risks for our clients and their children.
Our expert speaker will provide an overview and provide links to further information and support for professionals and clients on the following issues:
- Why screening, risk assessment and safety planning needs to become a part of everyday practice
- How to report a domestic violence history
- How to assess risk
- Strategies to manage risk, including safety planning
Be prepared to ask the right questions about safety and address the issues raised!
About Janet Loughman
Janet Loughman has been the Principal Solicitor of Women’s Legal Service NSW since 2005. This non profit community organisation provides legal advice and representation to women experiencing domestic violence, family breakdown sexual assault and discrimination. Its vision is to achieve access to justice and a just legal system for women in NSW as all women are entitled to a society that respects their human rights.
Prior to that Janet has been the Acting Director, Kingsford Legal Centre, Principal Solicitor, Marrickville Legal Centre, and a project officer at NSW Community Legal Centres Secretariat. Her ministerial appointments, committee memberships and awards include the Juvenile Justice Advisory Council, Legal Aid Commissioner, Children’s Court Advisory committee, Official visitor, Minali, NLAF domestic violence working party, WDVCAP Committee, Law Access board, CLCNSW, Youth Justice Coalition and the NSW Justice Medal (2005).