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No home, no justice? The legal needs of homeless people  ( 2005 )  Cite this report

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Appendix 3

Focus group (roundtable) questions

1. What is your organisation’s charter?

2. What services does your organisation provide to homeless people (e.g. casework, outreach)?

3. Who are your clients?

4. What are some of the challenges your organisation faces when working with homeless people?

5. How have you tried to overcome these challenges?

6. In particular, what initiatives (if any) have you developed for working effectively with homeless people from particular demographic groups (e.g. Indigenous and young people)?

7. In your experience, what are some of the more effective initiatives that have been implemented in delivering services to homeless people?

8. What type of relationship does your organisation have with legal organisations that deal with homeless people?

9. Can you suggest ways in which this relationship can be improved?

10. What legal services are you aware of that provide legal assistance to homeless persons and where are they located?

11. What kind of legal assistance do they offer (e.g. information, advice, representation)?

12. Who of your clients accesses those legal services?

13. What is your understanding of homeless people’s experiences:

(i) in accessing; and

(ii) using legal services?

14. What are some of the legal issues that face homeless people?

15. What barriers do homeless people face in accessing and using legal services?

16. What gaps (if any) are there in relation to providing legal services to homeless people?

17. What comments (if any) do you have about appropriate models for providing legal services to homeless people?

18. What features exist within the court/tribunal/ ADR framework that operate to present barriers to homeless people?

19. Which of the existing mechanisms are working well in seeking to overcome these barriers?

20. What innovative solutions could be adopted to deal with these barriers?

21. What sort of law reform work (if any) do you engage in?

22. How do you involve your clients in law reform work?


Forell, S, McCarron, E & Schetzer, L 2005, No home, no justice? The legal needs of homeless people in NSW, Law and Justice Foundation of NSW, Sydney