Victorian children with disability continue to experience discrimination, exclusion and disadvantage in mainstream government schools. Those are the findings of a new report from Monash University’s Castan Centre for Human Rights Law. The Improving Educational Outcomes for Children with Disability in Victoria report was launched last Friday, made possible by pro bono legal assistance from law firm Colin Biggers & Paisley.
The report is based on almost 100 interviews with parents, former students, school staff and others, as well as a detailed review of relevant laws and policies. It also includes more than 30 recommendations designed to improve the educational experience for children with disabilities.
Lawyers from CBP’s Victoria, NSW and Queensland offices worked together with the Castan Centre on this project. Amanda Cefai, Special Counsel Colin Biggers & Paisley was one of them.
“It was an honour to be able to offer pro bono assistance to the Castan Centre in the great work they have undertaken in launching their report, which highlights the significant and unfortunate issues all too often faced by students with a disability in the education system,” Amanda said.
CBP Foundation – incorporating the firm’s pro bono practice – has a strategic focus on the rights of women and children, and an existing partnership with the Castan Centre, making this research a good fit for the firm’s lawyers.