Children's Court Clinic

The Children and Young Persons (Care and Protection) Act 1998 recognises that caring for children and young people is a responsibility shared by families, agencies and communities working in partnership. It also places greater emphasis on government departments working cooperatively to provide services to meet the needs of children and families.

The Children's Court Clinic is established under section 15B of the Children’s Court Act 1987. Pursuant to its function under sections 52-59 of the Children and Young Persons (Care and Protection) Act 1998 the clinic assists the Children’s Court and higher courts in care and protection matters, by providing independent expert clinical assessments of:

  • children and young persons, and/ or
  • the capacity of parents and others to carry out parental responsibility.

An assessment report by the clinic is taken to be an independent report to the court rather than evidence tendered by a party (section 59, the Care Act). The Children’s Court Clinic Authorised Clinician who prepares a report is nevertheless available to the court for cross-examination.

The Children's Court Clinic is part of the Sydney Children's Hospitals Network.

About the clinic

Located in Parramatta and Broadmeadow, the Children's Court Clinic consists of a small unit of staff who are responsible for managing the statewide service, and also some employed expert clinicans who conduct assessments.

In addition to this core team, the clinic employs, on a contractual basis, a number of accredited clinicians located across NSW. Known as 'Authorised Clinicians', they provide independent assessments for Children's and District Courts.

Magistrates and judges make assessment orders to the clinic when they require expert assessments in relation to particular cases. The clinic then refers the matter to the most appropriate Authorised Clinician, based on the specific expertise required and the geographical location of the client/s. The Authorised Clinician undertakes the assessment and writes a report which is then sent to the court as an independent assessment to help the magistrate or judge make a decision in the best interests of the subject child or children.

As of 1 July 2011 the clinic is part of the Sydney Children's Hospitals Network.

Contact us

The Children's Court Clinic at Parramatta is located in the NSW Children's Court building. Our opening hours are 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m, Monday to Friday. The clinic is closed between 1:00 and 2:00 pm each day.

Phone: (02) 8688 1530

Fax: (02) 8688 1520

Email: childrens_court_clinic@agd.nsw.gov.au

Street address: 2 George St, Parramatta (Cnr O'Connell St):

By car:
There is no parking available at the Children’s Court Clinic.However, there is metered street parking in Parramatta, 2 hour parking at Parramatta Pool, and all day parking at Parramatta Stadium (parking fees apply)

By train:
Parramatta railway station is within easy walking distance, just down Church St, then turn left at George St towards the Tudor Gatehouse.

Postal address:
Children's Court Clinic
Sydney Children's Hospitals Network
Locked Bag 4001
WESTMEAD NSW 2145

or

Children's Court Clinic
DX 8257 PARRAMATTA

The Children's Court Clinic at Broadmeadow is located as part of Broadmeadow Children's Court

Children's Court Clinic

19-23 Lambton Rd, Broadmeadow