The University of Newcastle, Australia
Not currently offered
Course code



10 units


5000 level

Course handbook


Child law involves the study of law and the social context of the law as it affects children. It builds a foundation for the study of specific laws (child protection, juvenile justice 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.


Not currently offered.

This Course was last offered in Summer 2 - 2019.

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 juvenile justice 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 and young people.

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 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 include the following:

  1. International Law and Human Rights of Children
  2. Children, legal capacity and the Legal Process
  3. Concepts from family law relevant to children and Child Protection Law
  4. Child Protection Law
  5. Juvenile Justice
  6. Interprofessional practice in legal contexts


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

LAWS1010, LAWS1011, LAWS1020, LAWS1021, LAWS2030, LAWS3040, and LAWS3041.

Assessment items

Presentation: Team Project - Class Presentation

Written Assignment: Problem answers and Legal Advices, Multiple choice and short answer tests

In Term Test: In-Class Test: Multiple choice and short answer tests