Legal information for youth workersThe Shopfront cannot provide legal representation or advice for youth workers and services. However, we can give workers information and training about a wide range of legal issues.
We can arrange training sessions to suit individual agencies. Unfortunately we cannot usually travel beyond the Sydney, Central Coast, Blue Mountains, Hawkesbury and Illawarra areas.
We also have a series of legal information sheets. To download these, you will need Adobe's free Acrobat Reader. If you do not have Acrobat Reader, download it from the Adobe site. These cover the following topics:
- Police Powers and Your Rights (updated May 2015)
- Police move-on directions (updated December 2011)
- Acting as a support person at the police station (November 2013)
- Police questioning and the right to silence (January 2014)
- Criminal Procedure: an Overview (updated October 2010)
- Bail (updated May 2015)
- Mental Health and Intellectual Disability – Criminal Proceedings in Local and Children's Courts (updated April 2009)
- Apprehended Violence Orders (updated February 2010)
- The Young Offenders Act (updated January 2011)
- Court reports, references and support letters (updated July 2011)
- Non-Association and Place Restriction Orders (July 2002)
- Convictions and Criminal Records (updated May 2015)
- Consorting (July 2013)
- Drug Offences (updated September 2012)
- Drug Premises (updated February 2006)
- Common Offences: Sex Work (March 2002)
- Common Offences: Graffiti (updated April 2013)
- Common Offences: Weapons and Implements (updated September 2010)
- Cybercrime (February 2013)
- Fines and their enforcement (updated December 2013)
General and civil law
- Mental Health and the law (updated November 2009)
- Getting a Security Licence (updated March 2009)
- Victims’ compensation and support (Updated June 2013)
Legal issues for youth workers
- Children and young people at risk – reporting and exchange of information (updated August 2012)
- Children and health care (updated November 2013)
- Age of Consent – Issues for Youth Workers (updated September 2012)
- Confidentiality and Privacy for Youth Workers (updated September 2012)
To find out more about training sessions, or to receive copies of legal information sheets, please contact us by email, telephone, fax or post.
For more information about young people and the law, you may wish to order a copy of Youth Justice: your guide to cops and court in NSW (fourth edition, 2010).
The Youth Action and Policy Association also has a range of very helpful legal and policy information for youth workers. These can be found at www.yapa.org.au/.