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Australia's Children's Courts Today and Tomorrow

  • Rosemary Sheehan
  • Allan Borowski
  • Only book currently available on the Children’s Court

  • An exploration of the welfare and justice approaches to resolving care and protection and youth offending cases that are before the courts


Part of the Children’s Well-Being: Indicators and Research book series (CHIR, volume 7)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. The Mandate of the Children’s Courts

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 7-7
    2. Peter Camilleri, Lorraine Thomson, Morag McArthur
      Pages 9-26
    3. Elizabeth Fernandez, Jane Bolitho, Patricia Hansen, Myvanwy Hudson
      Pages 27-44
    4. Clare Tilbury, Paul Mazerolle
      Pages 65-83
    5. Daniel King, Andrew Day, Paul Delfabbro
      Pages 85-101
    6. Max Travers, Rob White, Michael McKinnon
      Pages 103-121
    7. Allan Borowski, Rosemary Sheehan
      Pages 123-142
    8. Caroline Spiranovic, Joseph Clare, Mike Clare, Brenda Clare
      Pages 143-162
  3. Australia in the International Context

  4. Back Matter
    Pages 209-216

About this book


The Children’s Court is one of society’s most important social institutions. At the same time, it is steeped in controversy. This is in large measure due to the persistence and complexity of the problems with which it deals, namely, juvenile crime and child abuse and neglect.
Despite the importance of the Children’s Court as a means of holding young people accountable for their anti-social behaviour and parents for the care of their children, it has not been the subject of close study. Certainly it has not been previously studied nationally. This edited collection, is based on the findings of study that spanned the six States and two Territories of Australia. The study sought to examine the current challenges faced by the Children’s Court and to identify desirable and feasible directions for reform in each State and Territory. A further unique feature of this study is that it canvassed the views of judges and magistrates who preside over this court.


Care and Protection Child protection Children's Courts Indigenous child welfare Judicial decision-making Juvenile Justice Mandate of the Children's Court

Editors and affiliations

  • Rosemary Sheehan
    • 1
  • Allan Borowski
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Social WorkMonash UniversityMelbourneAustralia
  2. 2.School of Social Work and Social PolicyUniversity La TrobeMelbourneAustralia

About the editors

Allan Borowski is Professor of Social Work and Social Policy, Department of Social Work and Social Policy, Faculty of Health Sciences, La Trobe University, Melbourne campus, Victoria 3086. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia a member of the Research Panel, Criminology Research Council. Rosemary Sheehan is Associate Professor in the Department of Social Work, Monash University, Victoria; she holds a Governor-in-Council appointment to the Children’s Court of Victoria to conduct alternative dispute resolution conferences and is a member of the Victorian Child Death Review Committee.

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