A Legal Health Check pathway is an understanding between a community organisation and a legal service about how community lawyers can assist clients who complete a Legal Health Check.
The Legal Health Check is a conversation starter for both community workers and community lawyers about the legal needs of clients and the legal services that are available.
The key ingredients of every Legal Health Check pathway are:
- Identified legal need –the Legal Health Check can help community workers understand the prominent and recurring legal needs of clients and what help may be available through community lawyers.
- Collaboration –genuine and supported relationships between community agencies and community lawyers are essential to the success of a Legal Health Check pathway. The Legal Health Check can support you to define common goals, processes and mutual training for effective collaboration.
- A sustainable service delivery model –consider the type of legal services clients need and the resources available to provide these services. Community lawyers can provide legal assistance in a number of ways. Lawyers may be able to attend at a community organisation for appointments or a drop-in service or provide assistance using phone or other technology. Consider and discuss different models, timing and locations.
The Queensland Department of Justice and Attorney-General has funded LawRight (formerly QPILCH) to evaluate the effectiveness of the Legal Health Check, and to pilot the Legal Health Check in different legal assistance settings.
Best practice guidelines, resources and training will be developed to facilitate collaboration between legal and non-legal services. These resources will be available in June 2016. Keep an eye on this website for links to these resources.
Contact LawRight for details about this project:
Phone: (07) 3846 6317