Elder Abuse National Plan Consultation

Caxton Legal Centre staff are in Canberra today to contribute to consultation on the National Plan on Elder Abuse being developed by the Council of Attorneys-General.

Caxton will share knowledge derived from its unique multidisciplinary social worker-lawyer model of service delivery, as well as findings from a recent trip to the United Nations Open-Ended Working Group on Ageing in New York.

The social worker-lawyer model supports the autonomy of older persons by providing differentiated pathways for assistance. Seniors are assisted to respond to abuse in a manner which emphasises either a social work or legal framework, or melds the two.

The promotion of older persons’ agency is a key focus of the National Plan.

A draft of the plan is expected by the end of 2018.