Child Law

Course code LEGL3008Units 10Level 3000Faculty 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.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 2
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesAt the successful completion of this course you 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 (including legislation and relevant case law) policy issues and legal and non-legal 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.
ContentThe 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
Replacing Course(s)LEGL2008
TransitionThis course is not available to students who have completed LEGL2008.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeSWRK1001, SWRK1002, SWRK2003, SWRK2001, SWRK2200, SWRK3007, SWRK3300.
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsSeminar
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsAdvocacy Letter
Essays / Written AssignmentsReflection
Presentations - Group
Quiz - ClassIn-Class quiz
Contact HoursSeminar: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Tutorial: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentThis course is only available to students enrolled in the Bachelor of Social Work (Honours) program and to those who have completed SWRK2001, SWRK2003 and SWRK2200.
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for LEGL3008