Blurred Borders Project

Rebecca Naylor

Northern Territory Legal Aid Commission
Youth Support Worker

Rebecca is a qualified social worker and holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Masters of Social Work. She has been working with young people in the Top End for over two years and has been employed as NT Legal Aid Commission’s Youth Justice Worker since the role’s creation at the start of 2017. In this role, Rebecca supports youth justice clients of NTLAC through their court matters and assists in addressing any social issues that have arisen surrounding their offending or circumstances. This support can take the form of case management, outreach, education, short-term interventions, and throughcare planning. As well as individual client work, Rebecca has facilitated regular legal education sessions for students at Don Dale and flexible learning centres in Darwin, and has presented on the topic of social workers and lawyers working together for legal and justice professionals. Rebecca is passionate about the empowering potential of legal services and the importance of strengths-based and educational approaches to working with youth in the justice system.

John Jablonka

NT Legal Aid
Community Legal Education Officer

John Jablonka was born in Melbourne and has lived and worked in the NT since 1995 as a community educator. Since 2010 he has worked in community legal education at NT Legal Aid based in Darwin but travelling across the NT and beyond, working with multicultural, indigenous communities and service providers. John holds a masters in social science focussing on participatory approaches in community development as well as a bachelor of arts. He has also worked as a cross cultural trainer, health educator and community development consultant on projects in the Asia pacific region. He enjoys his garden, getting out bush and camping, playing music and amateur drama. John spent most of July 2016 – July 2018 annoying people in the NT about the Blurred borders cards and project.

The Blurred Borders project is a visual resource that uses plain English, images and storytelling to help talk about court processes and concepts with Aboriginal clients.

The project is a collaboration between 8 legal services in the ‘cross-border’ region of NT/WA between Katherine, Kununurra, Halls creek and Lajamanu, funded by the Commonwealth government.

These kits include story telling cards, court wallets and stickers, board games and posters and are able to be used by lawyers and service providers with clients and families to discuss bail, the criminal court process and family violence orders.

NT Legal Aid youth social worker Rebecca Naylor will present the Blurred Borders project and outline their particular benefit and use for youth justice clients in the Top End.

Details about the project and resources can be found at