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Annual Report 2020-2021, Northern Territory Legal Aid Commission



Annual Report 2020-2021, Northern Territory Legal Aid Commission

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n o rth e rn te rrito ry le g a l a id c o m m issio n a n n u a l re p o rt 2 0 2 0 /2 1 0 4 3 Top End Family Law Pathways Network Top End Family Law Pathways Network's aims and objectives The Commonwealth Attorney-Generals Department funds NT Legal Aid as the Auspice Agency for the Top End Family Law Pathways Network (Pathways) for the Darwin, Katherine and surrounding area. Pathways maintains a membership of individuals working for non-government organisations, government, local businesses, private practitioners, court staff, service providers and students who intend to work with separating families. Pathways aims to promote cross-sectoral awareness of services and source relevant training to enhance service providers skills in supporting self-care and client care. Pathways also works collaboratively with the other Family Law Pathways Networks across Australia to support national training and networking opportunities. Pathways meets these objectives by providing training and service provider updates including information about programs, services, training, events, policies and procedures, funding and legislative changes. Pathways meets on a regular basis to share information and enhance collaborative relationships between service providers. Members are provided with an in-depth overview of a local service or program with the opportunity to ask questions, to enhance client and service provider understanding of the service and referral pathways. Challenges and Opportunities Pathways experienced a number of challenges this financial year as a result of COVID-19, resulting in some major events being cancelled as interstate providers were unable to travel. The Pathways Networks used this as an opportunity to work collaboratively to secure highly regarded speakers to present online training, including: Jennifer McIntosh on Child Inclusive and Developmentally Focused Dispute Resolution: Two evidence-based methods; Angela Lynch on reimagining just and safe outcomes for child and adult victims of domestic and family violence in the family law system in Australia; Vincent Papaleo- Untested Allegations of Child Sexual Abuse in Family Law; Jess Hill on Understanding Coercive Control; Zoe Rathus on Parental Alienation; Anne-Marie Rice Dispute Resolution Events in the Family Court of Australia and the Federal Circuit Court of Australia: What Every Practitioner Needs To Know; and Heather Douglas Legal Systems abuse & Coercive Control Meetings and Networking As a result of COVID-19 face to face networking opportunities were limited. Service providers were eager to re-engage in face to face networking opportunities in late 2020-early 2021, Pathways Network Meeting Attendees