The Western Sydney Community Legal Centre (WSCLC) Youth Education Program (YEP) provides legal training and resources for youth workers, welfare workers, social workers, teachers and others who work to support young people.
We also provide information and education materials for young pregnant and parenting teens.
We run regular training sessions and workshops on legal topics that affect young people.
We produce Legal Education Materials.
We support youth services with legal information.
We are based in the Parramatta and Cumberland Local Government Areas (LGAs).
If you are interested in resources, workshops, or other training on legal topics that affect young people, please contact our Youth Legal Educator via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Young People and the Law: Think Before you Act Workshops
WSCLC with funding from Holroyd City Council is running legal workshops for young people in the Holroyd Local Government Area. Workshops in Parramatta and Auburn Local Government Area will soon be rolled out.
The format of the workshop includes 3 short films about day-to-day events in young people’s lives which lead to brushes with criminal law and the police. Each scenario is followed by a presentation from YEP’s Youth Legal Educator on the legal issues presented in the scenarios.
The aim of the workshops is to encourage young people to think about the legal implication of their actions whilst learning about their rights and responsibilities around drink driving, bullying, stealing, and police arrest amongst others.
Youth Justice Workshops: Your Guide to Cops and Court in New South Wales
A series of workshops based on the contents of the Youth Justice Book are scheduled. Contact us for more information.
Think Before You Act Education Kit
Think Before You Act is an education kit designed by WSCLC to assist non-legally trained educators to present their own engaging workshops on legal issues prevalent to young people. Topics primarily deal with driving, stealing, bullying, fights and partying and include other related issues.
This kit was created from our experience presenting legal education workshops to various schools and community groups in and around the Western Sydney region. It uses a engaging film medium and provides a comprehensive guide to the film scenarios with general legal information relevant to the topics. It is not meant to provide legal advice.
The educational package includes:
DVD with three short films
USB with a powerpoint presentation
Complimentary deck of Youth Justice playing cards
The package is valued at $35.00 plus a postage/handling fee of $10.00.
The educational package was made in conjunction with the WSCLC YEP and with support and assistance from the Information and Cultural Exchange (ICE), Legal Aid: Children’s Legal Services, the NSW Police Force and Holroyd High School.
If you are interested in purchasing this package, please contact us.
Youth Justice Playing Cards
The Youth Justice Playing Cards are a popular and successful way of imparting basic legal information to young people. Each playing card contains a legal tip or information about legal or youth services.Tips cover such issues surrounding contracts, debts, drugs, alcohol, robbery, assault and police powers.
The Youth Justice Playing Cards were initially produced with a grant from the National Community Crime Prevention Program (an Australian Government initiative) and the Law and Justice Foundation.
The first edition cards were distributed through schools, disability rights organisations, Links to Learning programs, youth centres, youth services, support and mentoring organisations and juvenile justice centres.
Funding from the Law and Justice Foundation has permitted WSCLC to produce and print a revised and updated second edition of the cards.
The updated second edition of the Youth Justice Cards is now available. To order, or for more information, please contact us.
Youth Justice: Your Guide to Cops and Court in New South Wales Book
Youth Justice: Your Guide to Cops and Court in New South Wales 4th Edition is a practical guide for young people who come into contact with the police or the criminal justice system in NSW.
The book covers a broad range of topics including police interviews, police searches, the Young Offenders Act and youth justice conferences, bail, court processes, court outcomes, AVOs and dealing with unpaid fines.
Aside from helping young people understand their rights, this book is an essential resource for youth workers, youth advocates, social workers, counsellors, teachers or anyone else who works to support young people. With specially tailored sections on supporting young people during police interviews, youth justice conferences, lawyer interviews and court.
The Youth Justice Book is an ongoing project of WSCLC. The 4th edition was produced in partnership with The Shopfront Youth Legal Centre.