Available in 2018
Course code



10 units


6000 level

Course handbook


In Child Law students 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.

Availability2018 Course Timetables

Newcastle City Precinct

  • Semester 2 - 2018

Learning outcomes

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

1. Identify and discuss the elements of a children's rights perspective and critically analyse the role of law and the limits of the domestic legislative framework from this perspective;

2. Demonstrate and apply advanced knowledge and understanding of family, criminal and child protection law, policy and process in relation to problem-scenarios concerning children;

3. Critically reflect upon and demonstrate understanding of the skills required to develop interdisciplinary and holistic responses to children and young people's legal issues, and the ability to apply these in the context of interdisciplinary teams;

4. Demonstrate advanced capacities in locating and using primary and secondary sources and in developing a sophisticated argument about interdisciplinary approaches and legal practice to issues affecting children and young people;

5. Demonstrate advanced communication skills to solve problems and justify conclusions and professional decisions on key legal issues affecting children and young people to specialist and non-specialist audiences.


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 childern 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 Juris Doctor/ Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice program.

Assumed knowledge

LAWS6000, LAWS6001, LAWS6002A, LAWS6002B, LAWS6003A, LAWS6003B, LAWS6004A & LAWS6004B.

Assessment items

Written Assignment: Problem answers and Legal Advices (including reflection)

Participation: Seminar Participation and presentation.

Presentation: Team project (interdisciplinary practice)

Contact hours

Newcastle City Precinct


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

Seminar classes will include interdisciplinary classes most weeks held in conjunction with LEGL3008 Child Law (for Social Work students) and some disciplinary-based classes (for law students).