2015


31 March 2015 Limits of Report Writing- it is ok for the expert to say no

A professional panel discussion with family lawyer Margie Kruger, child protection lawyer Nigel Miller, consultant psychiatrist Dr Josephine Sundin, barrister Dr Jacoba Brasch QC and His Honour Judge Lapthorn of the Federal Circuit Court of Australia.

This panel discussed and explored a range of issues including:

  • obtaining an expert opinion that will assist the court in its forensic endeavour to determine what is in the best interests of children
  • what expertise is, the concept of specialised knowledge, the limits of expert evidence and when expert’s opinions and recommendations offend the rules of evidence
  • when it is necessary to engage an expert and what type of expert, the questions to direct to experts and briefing experts
  • your relationship with an expert and communicating with them
  • what experts find to be helpful instructions and the parameters of the role of an expert
  • the importance of the decision maker who has the benefit of the entire body of evidence


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21 July 2015 Practice Paper Series - Policing and prosecution of child sex abuse within the family – then and now

A professional panel chaired by Stephen Keim SC Barrister with keynote speaker Amanda Kaladelfos, Historian and Research Fellow, Griffith University presenting on her research on 'Sexual Offences, Legal Responses, and Public Perceptions: 1880s-1980s’ by exploring the criminal justice system's response to familial sex offences in the 1950s. Practice commentary was offered by Andrew Boe Barrister and Warren Strange Executive Officer and Principal Lawyer, Knowmore Legal Service.


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24 November 2015

Practice Workshop - Substance abuse and its impact on parenting capacity in child protection and family law matters-what are we worried about?


A practice workshop with a panel consisting of medical practitioner/pathologist, a drug and alcohol worker, a psychologist/researcher and judicial officer to discuss:

  • What impact do certain drugs have on the user?
  • How does drug testing work?
  • How does drug and alcohol treatment and counselling work with someone who is misusing drugs and alcohol?
  • What does a parenting capacity assessment take into account when assessing parents with substance abuse issues?
What does a Judge think about in child protection and family court proceedings when there is substance abuse impacting on parenting capacity?


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1 Dec 2015 Practice Paper Series - Strengthening Families, Protecting Children. The Queensland child protection framework for practice

Major reforms are underway in child protection and family support in Queensland. The Department of Communities, Child Safety & Disability Services has introduced a new framework to guide child protection practice with children and families.

This presentation will introduce the key elements of the Strengthening Families, Protecting Children framework for practice.  How do the processes and tools assist in making rigorous and balanced assessments in child protection?  How does the framework for practice interface with court work and court processes?


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