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It takes a village - Geelong Children’s Court multidisciplinary training

 Magistrate Ann McGarvie

This week we delivered a new multidisciplinary training program in Geelong, designed to support and strengthen the complex work of the Children’s Court in the region. The program follows the success of similar training days run by the College in the Latrobe Valley and Ballarat last year. 

One of our largest regional training programs to date, we were delighted to welcome over 80 participants including five judicial officers and representatives from 18 local organisations.

Judge Amanda Chambers, President of the Children’s Court of Victoria delivered the keynote address and the program was chaired by Regional Coordinating Magistrate Ann McGarvie. The training provided a unique opportunity to explore ways of working better together for the benefit of young people and the community.

Reflecting on the day’s events, Magistrate McGarvie said:

‘Everyone has shown that they want to work together to provide the best supports they can to rehabilitate young people. Focusing on connection to culture and community is an important first step towards rehabilitation’.

We were also fortunate to have Jay Jordens, our new Education Program Manager – Therapeutic Justice, facilitate the interactive parts of the day. Jay’s considerable expertise in facilitating multidisciplinary practice was warmly welcomed by all. 

Pictured: Magistrate McGarvie