27 APRIL 2017
Victoria Legal Aid provides legal education to help build knowledge in the community about legal rights and responsibilities. They produce and maintain a range of legal tools that can be used by teachers.
In 2017, Victoria Legal Aid are hoping to concentrate their efforts into running professional learning for Victorian teachers on the topics of sexual consent, age of consent and sexting.
Teachers can access and download education kits and resources including:
This is a legal education kit for educators to assist young people to understand their legal rights and responsibilities and make informed decisions about sex and relationships.
The program covers the following topics
- age of consent
The program was developed by Victoria Legal Aid and the Loddon Campaspe Community Legal Centre.
Learning the law is a free online suite of teaching tools for secondary specialist school teachers. It is suitable for students with a mild intellectual disability in years 8 to 12. It’s legally accurate, engaging and easy to use.
Teachers in mainstream schools who want simplified materials on these topics may also find Learning the Law useful.
Learning the law covers four topics
- sexting - looks at the laws to do with sexting, getting help and how to prevent problems
- consent - looks at the laws to do with consent and sexual assault, where to get help and prevention
- fines - looks at public transport and Myki, Authorised Officers and what a young person can do if they get a public transport fine
- driving - looks at laws for drivers on learner permits, police powers, and what can happen at court
Each topic includes
- a short film
- a teachers’ resource with legal information, lesson plans, discussion questions and a list of additional resources
- activities in an online module that teachers can lead students through to unpack the legal issues raised in the film. The online module also contains links to download the teachers’ resources and view the films
You can find more information on Victoria Legal Aid (including publications, resources and contact information) at the Victoria Legal Aid website.
You can also subscribe to Victoria Legal Aid’s Community Legal Education Updates here.