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The muffled voice of the child: part two

Carla Ditz and Helen Greenfield explore the need for children to have their voices heard in the court process and consider whether the law is compatible with this

11 March 2015

This is the second in a series of four articles examining the complex and emotive issue of the voice of the child.

The basic principle that children’s views should be taken into account is not new. The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) was adopted by the United Nations in 1989. The UNCRC sets out the rights of every person under 18 and how those rights should be met. UNICEF has set out what it sees as the core principles of the UNCRC (two of which are referred to in more detail below):

  • non-discrimination or universality (article 2);
  • best interests of the child (article 3);
  • right to life, survival and development (article 6); and,
  • respect for the views of the c...

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