Children and Young People
Children’s Court Assistance Scheme
Macarthur Legal Centre runs the Children’s Court Assistance Scheme (‘CCAS’) at Campbelltown Local Court.
Our CCAS worker, and volunteers associated with this program, provide information, referrals and non-legal assistance to children and young people appearing before the Children’s Court.
Our service runs every Monday morning, to assist children and young people appearing in the criminal matters list.
Youth and Family Mediation Services
Macarthur Legal Centre offers mediation services to children and young people with current matters before the Children’s Court of NSW.
What is Mediation?
Mediation is a voluntary, confidential and neutral process designed to help parties achieve a mutually beneficial resolution to their dispute. In ADVO and APVO matters mediation will aim to address the issue/s which led to the application being made by police, with a view to ultimate dismissal of the ADVO/APVO application (see Practice Note 8, Children’s Court of NSW).
What Does a Mediator Do?
A Mediator acts as a neutral third-party to assist communication, aid negotiation, facilitate understanding and ‘manage’ the negotiation process. The mediator has no determinative or advisory role, but they do control the process and can help parties to: identify the issues in dispute; explore their respective needs; generate their own options; reality-test their options and reach their own agreements.
Mediation is a confidential process. The obligation to maintain confidentiality extends to the mediator/s, the parties and third-party support people. It applies to all disclosures made in individual and joint sessions.
Costs of Mediation
Macarthur Legal Centre is a not-for-profit organisation, and mediation services are provided free of charge, where matters are referred by the Campbelltown Children’s Court.
If you’d like to make a referral to our mediation service, please contact our Children’s Court Assistance worker by calling (02) 4628 2042.