Panel session: Innovative Practices in the Children’s Court Magistrate Wendy Hughes, Sean Woods - Family Engagement Worker, Melisa Cox- Court Officer , Daniel Taylor, Aboriginal Liaison Officer
Magistrate Wendy Hughes
Magistrate Hughes completed a Bachelor of Economics and Bachelor of Laws at UWA and was admitted into practice in. She worked at the DPP and the then Aboriginal Legal Service including 2 years as the solicitor in charge of the criminal law unit, before going into private practice as a sole practitioner including a short time sitting on the Liquor Commission and as an Arbitrator for WorkCover. Her Honour is currently a Magistrate in the Children’s Court.
Melisa Cox - Court Officer
Ms Melisa Cox is a proud Noongar woman who is also a former child taken into care with her siblings at Roelands Mission in the early 70s. She successfully completed an Aboriginal Business Traineeship through DEET and has worked in are variety of roles at the Family Court of WA, including being Court Officer (2014- 2020) to Magistrate Mark Calverley. Melisa is currently the Court Officer to the Pilot Court.
Daniel Taylor, Aboriginal Liaison Officer, Perth Children’s Court, Department of Communities
Mr Daniel Taylor is Daniel is an Italian Noongar man whose noongar people are from the Yued region of Noongar Boodja. He has worked in the government and non-government sectors as an Aboriginal police liaison officer, police officer, youth worker and alcohol and other drugs counsellor. He is currently the Aboriginal Liaison Officer for the Department of Communities based at the Perth Children’s Court.
Sean Woods Family Engagement Worker
Sean Wood is a Worra Worra man, whose people originate from the Fitzroy Crossing region living on Whadjuk Noongar land working as a Family Engagement Officer at the Perth Children’s Court. His work history includes working across various Court Houses in WA along with various business areas in the Department of Justice. His current duties include offering outreach support and liaison work to the families participating in the Pilot Court in Protection and Care proceedings, aiming to assist families address any issues such as housing, domestic violence, drug and alcohol and helping to bridge the gap between the Department of Communities and young families.