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Conference: Children, Trauma and the Law

Thursday, 12 October 2023 - Friday, 13 October 2023
08:30 AM - 04:30 PM (NSW Time)
09:30 AM - 05:30 PM (QLD Time)
Lismore Campus, Online


Hosted by:
Faculty of Business, Law and Arts
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This 2-day conference focuses on the trauma for children and young people who become involved in criminal, family and out-of-home care legal proceedings. Learn from young people with lived experience of the family law, criminal law, child protection and out-of-home care systems.

Conference attendees will have the chance to interact with state and federal children commissioners, engage with academics and practitioners and be part of discussions seeking solutions to real problems.  Join us to give a voice to vulnerable young people.

If this particular educational activity extends your knowledge and skills in areas that are relevant to your practice needs or professional development, then you should claim one (1) unit per hour of conference/seminar for the purposes of continuing professional development as per the legal profession requirements.

Registrations open: July 13 – October 5, 2023

Registrations close: October 5, 2023

Speaker Profiles

Commissioner Anne Hollonds - National Children's Commissioner

Anne Hollonds is Australia’s National Children’s Commissioner. Formerly Director of the Australian Institute of Family Studies, for 23 years Anne was Chief Executive of government and non-government organisations focused on research, policy and practice in child and family wellbeing. As a psychologist Anne worked extensively in frontline practice, including child protection, domestic and family violence, mental health, child and family counselling, parenting education, and family law counselling. Anne currently contributes to several expert advisory groups, including the Family Law Council, Australian Child Maltreatment Study, NSW Domestic and Family Violence and Sexual Assault Council, National Plan Advisory Group (NPAG), and Early Years Strategy Advisory Panel.

Judge Nell Skinner, President of the Children’s Court of NSW

Judge Nell Skinner was appointed as President of the Children’s Court and a Judge of the District Court in November 2021. Her Honour attended Chatswood High School then studied Arts/Law at ANU. In 1999, Judge Skinner was admitted to the legal profession and practiced in criminal law at the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, Legal Aid, and as managing solicitor at the Aboriginal Legal Service in Redfern. Judge Skinner was appointed to the bench as a Magistrate of the Local Court in 2009. Her Honour also has two sons and one daughter.

Natalie Lewis - Commissioner Qld Family and Child Commission

Natalie Lewis is a Gamilaraay woman and the Commissioner of the Queensland Family and Child Commission. Natalie’s career spans more than 25 years across youth justice, child and family services and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs. She was the CEO of the Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Protection Peak for 8 years and has also held numerous appointments on Boards and Councils that have driven significant reform in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander child protection and family services sectors.  Natalie is fiercely committed to progressing a transformational reform agenda to ensure that children’s rights are upheld in Queensland and nationally.

Tracy Flintoff - Senior Judicial Registrar, Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia

Tracy Flintoff has been a Senior Judicial Registrar with the Federal Circuit and Family Court of Australia since 2021.  She is based in the Lismore registry and services the geographical area of Coffs Harbour north to the Queensland border, including out west.  Tracy commenced practising as a lawyer in New Zealand before moving to the Mid North Coast, NSW in 2004.  She established her own practice, Flintoff Lawyers in 2007 and practised as a solicitor until 2013 when she was called to the Bar.   At the Bar Tracy practised in Newcastle, Sydney and a brief stint back in Christchurch, New Zealand, before relocating to the Northern Rivers in early 2021.  Being a regional practitioner Tracy’s experience is grounded in general practice but with a litigation focus and is recognised for her expertise in family and care and protection law.  Whilst in private practice Tracy was an accredited specialist in family law, an accredited mediator and an Independent Children’s Lawyer. 

Where to find us

Whitebrooke Theatre Southern Cross University Military Rd Lismore NSW Australia