Join the conversation – Give children a bigger voice more of the time: Children’s and young people’s experiences of the family law system

Join the conversation – Give children a bigger voice more of the time: Children’s and young people’s experiences of the family law system

27 September 2018

This webinar discussed recent research on young people’s experiences of the family law system and its implications for child-inclusive practice.

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This webinar presented findings of the Children and young people in separated families study, which investigated the experiences and needs of young people whose parents had separated and had accessed the family law system. It also discussed implications for policy and practice, with a focus on developing child-inclusive practices in the area of family dispute resolution and the family law system more generally. 

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Wonderful to see that there is such strong evidence that children and young people are capable of having a voice and that their understanding does align with their best interests. It is also great to see evidence that when they are heard, the outcomes for families are better. It seems it is time that parents and practitioners learned to have confidence in hearing and taking these voices into account. Thanks Norma and Rachel for your work in getting this message out.
Thank you for this talk and opportunity to contribute to this conversation.. I'm interested in the ongoing support provided to children once they have been involved in the FDR. Specifically whether you have a view on whether the FDRPs/Child consultants are contracting to provide this ongoing support role one they have established rapport and trust. Within the Logan FRC experience how is this ongoing support role being managed? What are some other options you think may be beneficial? Cheers, Jodie
Jodie Grant
Wonderful to see the voice of the child being acknowledged and validated. I was interested to hear that children had expressed concern about having a trusted individual that THEY have nominated with them during any questioning and that 'grandparents' were mentioned. As part of an organisation that advocates for grandparents (Grandparents For Grandchildren SA Inc) we often find that they are excluded from much of the FDR or court process because of family conflict with the child's parents, even when the child requests their presence. FDR must be a time for parents to put aside family politics and focus on what is best for their child/ren.
Joanne Lauritsen

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