Centre for Children and Young People

Established in 2004, we have a strong reputation internationally, nationally and regionally for our quality, high impact research.

Our Centre places a strong emphasis on the critical importance of interdisciplinary approaches in understanding and addressing the complex issues, challenging circumstances and opportunities for change that potentially shape children and young people's lives.

We rely heavily on the positive and productive collaborations we enjoy with researchers from different disciplinary backgrounds, policy makers, practitioners and young people in ensuring our research is relevant, robust and well-utilised.


The Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) recently released an Issues Paper as part of its current Review of the Family Law System. Close attention is drawn to the importance of children’s experiences and perspectives through inclusion of some key questions like: How can efforts to improve children’s experiences in the family law system best learn from children and young people who have experience of its processes?

A recent study undertaken by the Centre for Children and Young People focused on children’s understandings and experiences of family law processes. This research included a survey of 54 children and young people (aged 7-16 years) accessing the services of Legal Aid NSW. A Good Practice Guide for Independent Children's Lawyers (ICLs) was developed from the findings of this survey alongside a comprehensive review of related literature around children’s participation in family law processes.

READ MORE: Good Practice Guide Working with Children  |  Children's participation in family law processes  |  Legal Aid survey report


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