Child Law

Course code LAWS5006
Available in 2015
2015 Course Timetables


Child law is a unique course in Australia. It brings students from different disciplines together to study the law and the social context of the law as it impacts upon children. It builds a foundation for the study of specific laws (child protection, juvenile justice, family law issues and laws in these jurisdictions relevant to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children) by considering broader legal and social issues that affect children, including:

1. When children are considered capable of making legal decisions (legal capacity);

2. International and human rights law applicable to children in Australia;

3. The nature of inter-professional collaboration on behalf of children in varied legal contexts.

4. Children and the Legal Process

This course examines laws affecting children in different legal jurisdictions in a holistic way that acknowledges the importance of human rights, social and legal perspectives.



  • Semester 2 - 2015

Learning Outcomes

1. Identify the elements of a children¿s rights approach to legal issues that affect children and young people

2. Critically analyse the role of law and the limits of the domestic legislative framework from a children¿s rights perspective.

3. Demonstrate understanding of family, criminal and child protection law (including legislation and relevant case law) policy issues and legal and non-legal processes as they relate to problem scenarios concerning children.

4. Critically reflect upon legal material presented in the context of professional practice with children and apply this to problem scenarios, demonstrating awareness of a children¿s rights approach.

5. Demonstrate understanding of: the different and complementary orientations of professionals who work with children; the skills required to develop collaborative interdisciplinary relationships; and an understanding of the importance of interdisciplinary and holistic responses to children and young people¿s legal issues.

6. Work more effectively in teams to solve problems.


The topics in this course are:

  1. Childhood and Capacity: The Law"s Perspective
  2. International Law and Human Rights of Children
  3. Children and the Legal Process
  4. Children and Family Law
  5. Out of home care and adoption
  6. Child Protection Law
  7. Juvenile Justice
  8. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children and Law


This course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Laws and associated combined degree programs or Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and associated combined degree programs.

Assumed Knowledge

LAWS1001A, LAWS1001B, LAWS1002A, LAWS1002B, LAWS2003A, LAWS2003B, LAWS3004A, LAWS3004B, LAWS3005

Assessment Items

Presentation: Team Project: Presentation: Children¿s Legal Rights Issue

Written Assignment: Written Advices: Criminal or family law

Written Assignment: Written Advices: Child Protection

Contact Hours



Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 1 hour(s) per Week for Full Term