Chapter 4 Family - General
This chapter commences with outlines of the functions of the Child Protection Service and the role of the Children’s Court in Child Protection in Victoria. There follows a discussion of the jurisdiction of the Family Division and the definitions of ‘child’, ‘parent’, ‘parental responsibility’ ‘contact’ and ‘protective intervention reports’. The conduct of Family Division proceedings – including the Marram-Ngala Ganbu Pilot Program, the Family Drug Treatment Court and the ways in which children can be legally represented – is then discussed as are the Court’s alternative dispute resolution mechanisms: conciliation conferences and judicial resolution conferences.
The chapter continues with a discussion of:
- the comparison between the Children’s Court and the Family Court;
- the relationship between attachment and a child’s emotional wellbeing;
- shared care of a young child;
- frequency of contact between a young child and a parent;
- the concept of cumulative harm; and
- the effect on a child of separation from the child’s primary attachment figure.
Author: former Magistrate Peter Power
Place of Publication: Melbourne, Australia
Publisher: Children's Court of Victoria
Date of Publication: 26 May 2020
Number of Pages: 100
Copyright: State of Victoria, 2020