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Legal Education Seminar for Social Workers: Minimising Your Legal Risk

Event Details
Date: 16th April 2018
Time: 3:00-5:00pm
Venue: AASW Melbourne Office, VIC
State: VIC
CPD hrs: 2 hours

AASW Members $30

Non-Members $40

Organiser: AASW Victorian Branch & Slater and Gordon
Further information

Phone: 9320 1012

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The AASW in conjunction with Slater & Gordon Lawyers is pleased to present this workshop which will provide the information you need to know to improve your daily social work practice to assist you to minimise your legal risks and survive the court process.

General information

This topic will increase social workers’ understanding of:

  • Privacy vs Confidentiality
  • Clients’ rights and your obligations: duty of confidentiality; exceptions to duty; duty to breach confidentiality
  • Addressing the conflicts in confidentiality
  • Documenting clinical notes: content, access, storage
  • Reports for Court
  • How to respond to subpoenas
  • Attending court and giving evidence.

Learning Objectives

Privacy & Confidentiality

This topic will increase social workers’ understanding of:

  • The commonwealth and state or territory specific laws that relate to privacy
  • The duty of confidentiality both legally and ethically
  • The exceptions to duty of confidentiality and the duty to breach confidentiality
  • Persons’ legal rights and social work obligations in relation to privacy and confidentiality
  • Social work ethics in relation to privacy and confidentiality
  • The conflicts in confidentiality.

Documentation, Report Writing and Attending Court

This topic will increase social workers’ understanding of:

  • What makes a good social work clinical record
  • What is expected in the context of litigation
  • Subpoenas and how to respond
  • How to write an appropriate report for a court or tribunal
  • The court process and how to give evidence
  • Minimising legal risks and manage the court process.

Who should attend?

Social Workers who wish to address knowledge gaps they have. Some components of the session will consolidate current knowledge and skills of participants and for other this will be new or extended learning. The session allows the opportunity to ask the presenters legal questions pertaining to the topic and to their area of legal practice.


Yagmur Sabedin
Yagmur Sabedin has been a Lawyer at Slater and Gordon since 2012 and specialises in representing people injured in motor vehicle accidents. She assists her clients in all aspects of their claim including disputes about medical benefits, Impairment Applications, Serious Injury Applications and Common Law claims. Yagmur has experience in litigation and has instructed in the County Court of Victoria and Supreme Court of Victoria.

Julia Bravis
Julia Bravis is a Lawyer who first joined Slater and Gordon in 2011. She has been part of the Melbourne Motor Vehicle Accident team since 2014, though she has also worked in the firm’s Dandenong, Ringwood and Frankston offices. In her time at Slater and Gordon Julia has worked with a diverse range of clients and is regularly involved in litigation in various jurisdictions, including the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal and the County and Supreme Courts.


AASW Melbourne Office
Level 7, 14-20 Blackwood Street, North Melbourne

The AASW office is close to Flemington Road and near the Royal Women's and Royal Melbourne Hospitals.

Please note: Travel via public transport is recommended. The office is close to the CBD and a short walk from the Haymarket Walk/Elizabeth Street tram stop (trams 19 & 59) and the Grattan Street tram stop (trams 55 & 59). Parking in the area is generally on-street, metered parking and is limited. There are limited 2 hour free street parking spaces near-by in Courtney Street or metered 4 hour parking in Blackwood Street, Howard Street and surrounds.

There is also a parking facility at the VCCC building that offers safe car parking every day of the week from 6:00am to 9:00pm. Cost is $14 for 1-2 hours or $20. Visit for details.

There are facilities available outside the building to lock bikes.

The Blackwood St Car Park (located on the ground level the AASW is located in) is currently offering a $10 flat rate per day per exit between 7:30am to 7:30pm. The car park accommodates up to 200 cars. If you book online prior to arrival the rate is only $9. Visit Blackwood St Car Park to book or for more information.


AASW members: $30
Non members: $40

Includes afternoon tea and refreshments.


2 CPD hours. Categories: Skills and Knowledge.

This workshop is at capacity.

Should you wish to be notified if a cancellation occurs email

AASW - Australian Association of Social Workers