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LAW3479 Family Violence and Child Protection Law

Semester 1, 2019 Online
Short Description: Family Violence&Child Protectn
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts
School or Department : School of Law and Justice
Student contribution band : Band 3
ASCED code : 090901 - Business and Commercial Law
Grading basis : Graded


Examiner: Kathy Reeves


Pre-requisite: (LAW1111 and LAW1112) or LAW1201 or (LAW5111 and LAW5112) or LAW5501 or CMS1000


Domestic and family violence and child protection are complex and significant social issues which have severe and long lasting implications for all parties concerned, including those tasked with the job of implementing the law when charges are laid. It is therefore essential that those who work in this space thoroughly understand the legal options available to them. In this course, students will explore the public and legislative responses to the needs of children who fall into these areas, including (but not limited to) culture, socio-economics and gender. Further, ethical, professional and legislative implications for practitioners will also be considered.


This course will provide students with an understanding of domestic violence and child protection issues, and of legal developments dealing with them. Evidentiary research, along with theoretical and practical analysis, will address developments in both legislative and preventative measures relating to these issues. This course is designed to provide students with the requisite skills and knowledge for working within the legal, policy and social contexts that address family violence and child protection. Students, by way of course assessments, will demonstrate their skills and knowledge through application of legal processes and procedures, designed specifically to provide a theoretical, yet practical basis for both areas of law.


On successful completion of this course, students should be able to demonstrate:

  1. evaluate developments in the areas of family violence and child protection and critically examine the relationship between these developments within both legal and social scientific frameworks
  2. demonstrate, advanced knowledge of child protection and family violence laws, their impact on social costs, theory, and practice
  3. identify issues considered to be precipitants or causal factors in family violence and child protection
  4. evaluate the diversity of factors that influence family violence and child protection.


Description Weighting(%)
1. Introduction to Family Violence 10.00
2. Nature of Family Violence 10.00
3. Consequences of domestic violence 10.00
4. Legislative responses 10.00
5. Applications, orders, and court processes 10.00
6. Guest speaker (domestic violence and/or child protection) 10.00
7. Introduction to Child Protection 10.00
8. Child Abuse and neglect 10.00
9. Child protection and prevention 10.00
10. Department of Communities, Child Safety, Youth and Women 10.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

ALL textbooks and materials available to be purchased can be sourced from USQ's Online Bookshop (unless otherwise stated). (

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Monahan, Geoff & Monahan, Geoff, (editor.) & Young, Lisa, LL.M 2017, Children and the law in Australia, 2nd edn, LexisNexis Butterworths, Chatswood, N.S.W.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Assessments 100.00
Directed and Private Study 65.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSESSMENT 1 25 25 22 Apr 2019
ASSESSMENT 2 25 25 28 May 2019
EXAM 50 50 End S1 (see note 1)

  1. This is an open examination. The total working time for the examination is 1 hour. The examination date will be available via UConnect when the official examination timetable has been released.

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities scheduled for them, and to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them, to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks for that item.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks obtained for each of the summative items for the course.

  6. Examination information:
    This is an open examination. Candidates may have access to any printed or written material during the examination.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    Any Deferred or Supplementary examinations for this course will be held during the next examination period.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Assessment notes

  1. Referencing in assignments must comply with the Australian Guide to Legal Citation (AGLC) referencing system. This system should be used by students to format details of the information sources they have cited in their work. The (AGLC) style to be used is defined by the USQ library’s referencing guide. This guide can be found at

Evaluation and benchmarking

Internal USQ accreditation/reaccreditation processes which include:

  1. stringent standards in the independent accreditation of its academic programs,
  2. close integration between business and academic planning, and
  3. regular and rigorous review.