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The muffled voice of the child: Part four

The lack of opportunities for children to express their views in the family justice system is finally being addressed, say Carla Ditz and Helen Greenfield

12 May 2015

It is apparent to both professionals and families involved in the court process that children are being placed in an unenviable position. Crucially, children feel that more should be done to provide them with a platform
to enable them to be heard.
But why should they have to shout from the rooftops?

Pros and cons

Former MP Simon Hughes
has reiterated his views
both at the Voice of the Child conference in July 2014 and
again in his response to the recommendations of the Dispute Resolution Advisory Group in March 2015: ‘I firmly believe that children and young people should routinely have the opportunity to have a say in matters which affect their future and agree that this should be a non-legal presumption.’

One of the main dilemmas that arise is how to balance the need to protect c...

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