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The Neighbourhood Justice Centre has an extensive community justice education program which aims to increase people's understanding of the justice system and to support and equip community members to engage in justice issues with confidence.
Our Community Justice education program includes:
With staff representing many areas of expertise, the NJC provides outreach and in-house education to the community on many justice-related issues. Activities include: providing legal information about specific topics, problem solving and conflict resolution training in the community, awareness-raising campaigns, and supporting local organisations to share their information locally. We also conduct workshops and community information sessions designed to stimulate discussion about the law, legal rights and responsibilities, justice issues and conflict resolution processes.
We have developed education sessions that align with school curriculum objectives (particularly VCE and VELS), and provide students with interactive learning activities. Topics covered include: Introduction to Social Justice issues, Barriers to / Access to Justice, Innovations in the Justice System, Civic Knowledge and Understanding (justice processes and personnel).
We use case studies and panel discussions to support tertiary learning outcomes from community service and justice perspectives. We host law, legal studies, criminology, social work, youth work and community development students on visits to the centre to observe first hand the unique Neighbourhood Justice Centre model.
The NJC is currently reviewing the student placement program. We are not taking expressions of interest at this stage. We will post updated information as soon as it is available.