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.
- Semester 2 - 2016
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 (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 include the following:
- Childhood and Capacity: The Law's Perspective
- International Law and Human Rights of Children
- Children and the Legal Process
- Children and Family Law
- Child Protection Law
- Juvenile Justice
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.
LAWS1001A, LAWS1001B, LAWS1002A, LAWS1002B, LAWS2003A, LAWS2003B, LAWS3004A, LAWS3004B, LAWS3005
Presentation: Team Project - Children's Legal Rights Issue/Advocacy
Written Assignment: Written Advice: Criminal or Family Law
Written Assignment: Written Advice: Child Protection
Presentation: Seminar Presentation and Participation
Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for Full Term starting in week 1
Students attend 3 contact hours per week for the semester, including some interdisciplinary seminars (law and social work students combined).