AASW and Maurice Blackburn announce new legal service for social workers

AASW and Maurice Blackburn announce new legal service for social workers

The Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) and Maurice Blackburn Lawyers are proud to be announcing a new legal service for social workers. It is a free legal consultation service for AASW members and their families covering a range of different legal issues social workers currently face.

The collaboration will provide AASW members and their families with a “one-stop shop” for legal-related enquiries. The details are on the AASW website.

AASW CEO Cindy Smith said, “This is a fantastic, much-needed service for social workers and one that adds value to AASW membership. We are very excited about this partnership because there are so many situations where social workers need legal advice, such as assistance with court matters, obtaining consent, mandatory reporting and matters relating to professional conduct.

“The values of AASW and Maurice Blackburn are aligned: we are combining our vision of wellbeing and social justice for all with Maurice Blackburn’s experience and commitment to social justice.”

Maurice Blackburn Deputy CEO Felicity Pantelidis said the firm was proud to be partnering with AASW.

“Social workers play a vital role in supporting those who often don’t have ready access to justice and helping to meet their needs,” Ms Pantelidis said.

“We’re proud that our work at Maurice Blackburn can help to support social workers to do this important work. Being able to collaborate with an organisation such as AASW who share our values of wanting to improve access to justice for all Australians is something that means a great deal to us.”

A series of fact sheets and webinars for social workers will be delivered over the coming months on a range of relevant legal topics. They will be free for members.

About the new legal service for social workers

Find out more on the AASW website.

About Cindy Smith

Cindy Smith is the CEO of the AASW and is a qualified social worker with more than 20 years of experience, a Bachelor of Social Work, a Master of Health Administration, a Fellow of the Australian College of Health Management and a graduate with the Australian Institute Company Directors. She has led the AASW since 2016.

About Felicity Pantelidis

Felicity Pantelidis is the Deputy Chief Executive Officer at Maurice Blackburn. Felicity holds a Bachelor of Commerce with Honours from Monash University and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. She is a current director of Industry Fund Services and Western Chances, and previously was the Deputy Chair of the Royal Women’s Hospital, a Director of Eastern Health, and served on the Advisory Board of Australia Post Felicity joined Maurice Blackburn in 2018.

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