Welcome to the third Supporting Justice bulletin. This bulletin is designed to keep project stakeholders informed about what’s going on, and to demonstrate how consultation and feedback is driving project decisions and outcomes. We invite you to share these bulletins with your networks to build awareness and advocacy around the project to promote and protect the rights of people with disability in the criminal justice system in Victoria.
About Supporting Justice
The Supporting Justice project seeks to improve outcomes for people with disabilities through two streams of work:
Development of an online resource to increase the capability of courts and legal professionals to work with people with cognitive impairments, autism spectrum disorder and/or dual disability; and
Collaboration with the criminal justice, health and social service sectors to explore opportunities to improve responses for people with cognitive impairment and complex needs through mapping the system, identifying points of intervention and facilitating change.
Stream 1: Online Resource CIJ and design partners Paper Giant were pleased to deliver the Supporting Justice online resource to DHHS on 30 June.
The project is currently working on a launch and plans for promoting the website which will be announced shortly. The project team would like to thank the many people and organisations that contributed to the design and development of the resource and look forward to promoting it in the months to come.
Stream 2: Broader systems change
In stream 2 of our work, the Supporting Justice project will bring stakeholders from across the justice system together to:
Create a safe space for justice and disability system actors to develop a shared understanding of the system
Bring people with disability to the centre of the process and ensure their voices are heard in relation to justice system reform
Establish collaborative relationships and lines of cooperation between different parts of the justice, disability, health, housing and social services systems to achieve tangible change
Formal consultations with key stakeholders will commence later this month ahead of a planned workshop at the end of September to identify a list of shared and achievable priorities for change across the justice system.
The workshop will be informed by the system map that the project team have developed and our work with people with disability and lived experience of the criminal justice system.
Voices for Justice
CIJ have partnered with the Self Advocacy Resource Unit (SARU) successfully obtaining a grant to develop and deliver the Voices for Justice program to support people with disability and lived experience of the criminal justice system to be self-advocates. The Voices for Justice program will adapt the Voice at the Table (VATT) training for people with acquired brain injury and lived experience of the criminal justice system with guidance and support from CIJ.
The Voices for Justice graduates will be available to provide expert advice on their experiences to government and other policy makers to drive positive – human centred – change in the criminal justice system.
Recruitment contact If you know of an individual with cognitive disability and lived experience of the criminal justice system who would like to participate in the Voices for Justice training, please contact Michael Haralambous from CIJ (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Dr Cathryn Mckinney from SARU (email@example.com).