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Care and Protection: Representing Parents


To demonstrate participation in this training module, you are required to register and complete it through the Learning Management System (LMS).

Need to complete phase two? Register for the child representation workshop via the Learning Management System (Legal Aid Learning and Management System (nsw.gov.au) (‘LMS’)) and by searching for Course Code FAM10062022.

Course Outline

Course Outline



Restoration and Final Hearings
Guardianship, Parental Responsibility and Short-Term Care Orders
Assessment Applications and Briefing Experts
Working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children and Families
Evidence and Advocacy Basics

Required reading

Practice Note No.2 Initiating Documents for Care Proceedings PDF 180 KB
Practice Note No.3 Alternative Dispute Resolution Procedures in the Children’s Court PDF 157 KB
Practice Note No.5 Case Management in Care Proceedings PDF 239 KB
Practice Note No.10 Parent Capacity Orders PDF 15 KB
Practice Note No.13 Section 38 Care Plans PDF 29 KB
Understanding the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Placement Principles as a framework for best practice,
The Aboriginal Legal Service
PDF 288 KB
DCJ and Teddy [2020] NSWChC 1  PDF 161 KB
DCJ and Jack and Jill [2020] NSWChC 3  PDF 178 KB
Director-General, DCJ V. Dessertaine and Ors [2003] NSWSC 972  PDF 91 KB
The Secretary of the DCJ and Fiona Farmer [2019] NSWChC 5  PDF 275 KB
Hackett (a pseudonym) v Secretary, DCJ [2020] NSWCA 83  PDF 559 KB
DFaCS and the Steward Children [2019] NSWChC 1  PDF 130 KB


Interstate Transfer of Care & Protection Orders and Care Proceedings
Presented by Matthew Levy (Solicitor, Legal Aid NSW)

Family Law and Care and Protection Conference 2021 | Session B – Emerging issues in care and protection

Practical aspects for lawyers of working with Guardian ad Litem
Guardianship Orders – A Refresher Webinar
The webinar will feature:
Her Honour Children’s Court Magistrate Nicole Ford;
David Menser, Manager of the Guardianship Team, DCJ;
Daniel Kennard, Manager Partnerships - Care & Protection, Early Intervention Unit, Legal Aid NSW.

Useful resources

The Lawyer Education Series is has been developed for lawyers, not self-represented parties. The training modules assume a high level of foundational legal knowledge because they are made for lawyers. The modules are not a complete guide to the law and should not be relied upon for the preparation of your case. If you require legal help you should call 1300 888 529.