Aims & Objectives of the Network

Purpose

The Greater Newcastle Family Law Pathways network (GNFLPN) aims to: 

  • Support and resource stakeholders in the family law system to achieve the best outcomes for separating families
  • Enhance coordination of services offered to separating families through collaboration between organisations operating within the family law system
  • Cultivate a shared understanding of professional roles within the sector.

Scope

Membership to the GNFLPN is free for anyone who wishes to join and is relevant to all professionals working with separating families in the Family Law System. Membership to the network will be flexible and all stakeholders working in the family law system will be included directly or indirectly. The Network (as per the funding agreement) covers the following and surrounding areas: Newcastle, Maitland, Cessnock, Singleton, Muswellbrook and Scone. 

Stakeholders involved may include but are not limited to: 

  • Family Court
  • Federal Magistrates Court
  • Family Lawyers
  • Community Legal Centres
  • Legal Aid
  • Family Relationships Service Providers
  • Family Mediators
  • Counsellors
  • Psychologists
  • Family Violence Services
  • Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Support Services
  • Aboriginal Support Services
  • Family Support Services
  • Mental Health Services
  • Drug and Alcohol Services
  • Health Sector
  • Centrelink
  • Child Support Agency
  • Family and Community Services
  • Services for Grandparents

Objectives

The Network Objectives for 2014/2015 are:

  1. establish and maintain strong links with:
    1. locally based providers;
    2. agencies working in areas associated with the family law system, in particular mental health, drug and alcohol services;
    3. agencies working in areas associated with family violence and child protection;
    4. Indigenous and CALD services; and
    5. the Family Law Courts;
  2. develop and maintain appropriate referral mechanisms between locally based organizations operating as part of or alongside the family law system.
  3. develop and maintain shared understanding of the roles of network members and key organizations in the family law system.
  4. develop and maintain awareness of products, services and training available to members.
  5. develop and maintain cross-sector training to help build stronger working relationships across the family law system.
  6. develop and maintain ways to share information within the Network where appropriate.

Additional Network Objectives

  1. coordinate meetings, events, conferences or training courses on a state or regional basis.
  2. provide court-related information to networks that do not have access to such information.
  3. provide support to your allocated areas or networks (as outlined in your funding agreement) – which may include facilitating expansion in terms of area covered and/or membership and facilitating liaison with peak professional bodies, such as State/Territory law societies.