Our expertise

Child Protection 

The Child Protection Practice Group specialises in all aspects of child protection law and practice and other areas of law relating to children. This includes family law, adoption applications, wills and estates, family provision claims, wills for minors, birth certificates, parentage testing, surrogacy law, applications for medical treatment for children and other areas. This forms part of the Public Law, Employment & Child Protection Division.

Our team of dedicated and highly skilled lawyers includes an accredited specialist in children's law and two solicitor advocates. We understand the nature of legal work relating to vulnerable children and are available to respond and assist as required including on short notice, after hours and in urgent circumstances.

For details regarding specific areas of law relating to child protection, see the Directory of Services.

What we can do for you

Child Care and Protection

  • care applications and other proceedings before the Children's Court under the Children and Young Persons (Care and Protection) Act 1998

  • appeals of Children's Court orders to the District Court and Supreme Court.

Family law

  • applications and interventions in family law proceedings in the Family Court of Australia and Federal Circuit Court including applications for parenting orders, location and recovery orders and other matters relating to children

  • appeals to the Full Bench of the Family Court of Australia.

Adoption applications

  • contested and non contested adoption applications before the Supreme Court of NSW

  • appeals of adoption orders.

Supreme Court, Court of Appeal and High Court of Australia

  • parens patriae applications to the Supreme Court of NSW for orders relating to children, including applications for medical treatment for children, secure accommodation and care orders and a range of other matters that come under this very broad inherent jurisdiction of the court

  • applications to amend details on a child's birth certificate

  • judicial review applications to the Supreme Court and Court of Appeal under s. 69 of the Supreme Court Act 1970

  • special leave applications and appeals to the High Court of Australia.

Wills, estates, family provision and statutory wills for children

  • wills and estates advice and administration

  • claims and disputes relating to superannuation, trusts, life insurance and other policies on behalf of children in care

  • contested wills and estate proceedings

  • family provision advice and claims

  • applications for statutory wills and court authorised wills for minors.

NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal ("NCAT") and Guardianship Tribunal

  • reviews of administrative decisions including decisions to authorise or not authorise a person as an authorised carer, and decisions relating to a child's placement being granting or removing responsibility for a child's daily care and control to or from an authorised carer

  • Guardianship Tribunal proceedings.

We also provide legal services in other related areas of law and run educational seminars and training for clients and publish legal bulletins and papers.


Clients requiring additional information on the work of the Child Protection Practice Group should contact A/Director, Nick Mitrevski (02) 8224 5385. Clients who would like a copy of the Child Protection Practice Group profile which details solicitors' backgrounds and experience and support staff contact details should email csomarketing@cso.nsw.gov.au


"Very positive dealings with the Child Protection Practice Group which deals with the majority of our referred work"
Derek Smith, Assistant Director, FACS Legal - CSO 2015 Client Survey