Independent Children's Lawyers Study
A report commissioned by the Attorney-General's Department to examine the use of Independent Children's Lawyers (ICLs) in the family law system.
This report examines the role and efficacy of Independent Children's Lawyers (ICLs) in the family law system in Australia. In particular, it investigates whether the involvement of these lawyers improves the outcomes of children. Independent Children's Lawyers are appointed in some parenting cases in family law proceedings, such as cases of relocation or alleged abuse. Their role is to advocate for the best interests of the child, rather than acting as their direct legal representative. The use of these lawyers is an important measure in fulfilling Australia's obligations under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Child, which recognises the right of children to participate in proceedings relevant to their care and to make their views known in judicial and administrative proceedings affecting them. This evaluation study involved interviews with 528 legal and non-legal professionals as well as parents and children and young people.
This report was authored by AIFS staff and published by the Attorney-General's Department
The study examines the prevalence and nature of allegations of family violence and child abuse in family law children's proceedings filed in 2003
This AIFS book explore some of the complexities of the child and family issues facing those working in social policy and legal systems
This summary report provides an overview of the evaluation findings
The evaluation assessed the extent to which, by 2009, the changes to the family law system had been effective in achieving the policy aims