Child Law

Course code LEGL2008Units 10Level 2000Faculty of Business and LawNewcastle Law School

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.

Not available in 2014

Previously offered in 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004
ObjectivesAt the successful completion of this course you will be able to:

1. Analyse the role of law and the legislative framework relating to children in the areas designated for study from a children’s rights perspective.
2. Critically reflect upon legal material presented in the context of professional practice and professional responsibility in relation to children and apply this to problem scenarios.
3. Demonstrate understanding of the different orientations of professionals who work with children and an understanding of the skills required to develop collaborative relationships, including relationships with students who have different but complementary professional specialisation.
4. Work more effectively in teams to solve problems.
ContentThe topics in this course include:

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
Replacing Course(s)na
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeSWRK2001, SWRK2003 and SWRK2200
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsSeminar
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsChild protection report
Essays / Written AssignmentsAdvocacy Letter
Online Learning ActivitiesTeam blog
Presentations - Group
Contact HoursSeminar: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term