Trauma Informed Organisational Toolkit

From the legal assistance sector, for the sector

Australia’s first Trauma Informed Toolkit for the legal assistance sector

With You has developed a Toolkit is an implementation-ready, comprehensive guide to foster the development of trauma-informed, rights-based legal assistance services.

The prevalence of trauma amongst clients of the legal assistance sector is uncontested, particularly at the point where they need legal assistance. A lawyer who can recognise and respond to trauma can deliver an effective legal service, without causing further harm, and lessen the impact of vicarious trauma.

In addition to training frontline staff, legal services must embody trauma-informed and rights-based principles across all aspects of service design, organisational culture, leadership and management.

The Organisational Toolkit is underpinned by an international review of academic and grey literature, a National Legal Aid survey of existing best practices, and innovative approaches observed through national consultations spanning all states and territories. The consultations with clients of the sector, lawyers, and other stakeholders have concluded that trauma-informed, rights-based practice should be a core competency for all staff in the legal assistance sector.

View the toolkit here online or download a PDF to print and share

Community of Practice

To support legal assistance professionals to adapt and implement trauma-informed principles across Australia, a Community of Practice has been established. You find out more or can join.

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