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.