Child Law

Course code LEGL3008
Available in 2017
2017 Course Timetables


Child law is a unique course in Australia. It brings students from law and social work 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 and family law) by exploring human rights, social and legal perspectives. It considers 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's interaction with legal processes.

5. Differential impact of laws on certain groups of children, such as Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.


Newcastle City Precinct

  • Semester 2 - 2017

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

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, policy and processes as it relates 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. Child Protection Law
  6. Violence in the family
  7. Juvenile Justice
  8. Interprofessional practice in legal contexts

Replacing Course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): LEGL2008. Students who have successfully completed LEGL2008 are not eligible to enrol in LEGL3008.


This course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) program. Pre-requisite - Successful Completion of SWRK2001, SWRK2003 and SWRK2200.

Assumed Knowledge

SWRK1001, SWRK1002, SWRK2003, SWRK2001, SWRK2200, SWRK3007, SWRK3300.

Assessment Items

Written Assignment: Social Work and Legal Contexts

Written Assignment: Advocacy Letter

Project: Team Project: Children's Rights Advocacy module

Contact Hours

Newcastle City Precinct


Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term

Some workshops will be held in conjunction with students from LAWS5006 and LAWS6096.