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Law students recognised by Department for Child Protection

Wednesday, 21 December 2011


  • Law students from Edith Cowan University with Certificates of Completion

    Students from left to right: Megan McCormack (Murdoch), Amanda Lyons (ECU), Jaymie Barretto (ECU), Cathy Bwalya (ECU), Claire Macoboy (ECU).

On Friday 2 December 2011, Executive Director of Service Standards and Monitoring at the Department for Child Protection, Mr Steve Glew, presented a number of Law students from Edith Cowan University with Certificates of Completion. 

Final year students from ECU, Murdoch and UWA have completed 14 weeks of work experience in the Department’s Civil Litigation Unit. The Civil Litigation Unit acts on behalf of the CEO of the Department to conduct the legal claims of children in care. 

The students received training and practical experience in many areas, including administration applications, criminal injuries compensation and guardianship.

Students were given opportunities to attend proceedings in the Children’s Court, Coroner’s Court, the State Administrative Tribunal and the Supreme Court of Appeal. They were able to make a significant contribution to the Department in progressing the legal claims of over 40 children in care.  

ECU Law students Amanda Lyons, Jaymie Barretto, Cathy Bwalya and Claire Macoboy were among the eight students who were presented with Certificates of Completion.

This is the fourth program that ECU students have been involved in. The next program is due to start in March 2012.

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