Child protection in the Family Division of the Children’s Court

Child protection in the Family Division of the Children’s Court

We have checklists, practical tips and handy hints which may be useful references for lawyers practising in the Family Division of the Children’s Court.

Child Protection Duty Lawyer Guidelines

From 25 March 2019, new Child Protection Duty Lawyer Guidelines must be applied by all Victoria Legal Aid (VLA) child protection lawyers, community legal centres and private practitioners delivering child protection duty lawyer services at Children’s Court (Family Division) locations across Victoria.

The guidelines set out:

  • the different types of services to be delivered by the child protection duty lawyer service
  • the eligibility criteria for the child protection duty service.

The guidelines are available on the Duty lawyers in the Children's Court Family Division (child protection) page. They were developed as part of the Child Protection Transformation program. For more information about thee process that led to this, see Child Protection Legal Aid Services Review.

Guides

Checklists

Precedents

Precedents in Microsoft Word file format, including different versions of client letters to children, young people and adults, are available to child protection private practitioner panel lawyers by email. If you would like access to these documents, please contact: suzanne.bettink@vla.vic.gov.au, eveline.pagnani@vla.vic.gov.au or kimberley.ison@vla.vic.gov.au.

Professional legal education

We have videos and associated materials which may be accessed by child protection private practitioner panel lawyers with topics including:

  • 'Proof of protection applications' – by VLA Family Law Advocate Robyn Hamilton
  • 'Urgent submissions contests in the Family Division of the Children’s Court of Victoria' – by Magistrate Peter Power.

For a full list of available topics or to access the videos and materials email: ple@vla.vic.gov.au

More information

Read more about Child protection case planning and reviews.

See also Payments and records management for private practitioner duty lawyers in the Family Division of the Children’s Court.

Additional resources

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