HCS410 Legal Issues in Child and Adolescent Welfare (8)

This subject aims to provide a critical analysis of a range of laws concerned with the care, protection and welfare of children and adolescents. Topics include legal rights, protection and status of children, custody and access, family violence, children in need of care and protection, and adoption. Comparative current law and policy in Australia and overseas will also be considered as well as a brief examination of laws relating to income support for children and adolescents living away from home.


Session 1 (30)
Wagga Wagga Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: HCS410. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Humanities and Social Sciences

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate a broad understanding of the scope and breadth of laws concerned with the care and protection of children and adolescents, including law in the area of family violence;
  • be able to demonstrate detailed understanding of the law in relation to promoting and protecting the rights and needs of children and adolescents; and
  • be able to demonstrate awareness of of deficiencies in the law and have some knowledge of the processes of, and trends in, law reform.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Children's rights, status and the Law
  • Family violence
  • Custody of children
  • Children in need of care
  • Adoption
  • Income support

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of HCS410 in Session 1 2019. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Short answer questions

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: July 2020. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.