Family justice review: the children’s verdict: children's views on the recommendations of the Family Justice Review Panel, 2011, by the Children’s Rights Director for England

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Morgan, Roger
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10 August 2011
Children and Young People, Families
Social welfare
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To find out what children and young people in care thought about the findings and recommendations of the Family Justice Review Panel, 44 children took part in a voting session answering questions using electronic voting pads then 25 children participated in six in-depth discussion groups to go further into the Panel's recommendations. Answers were not suggested to the children in these groups and parents, carers or staff were not with them in the discussion groups. The two suggestions most frequently made were that the children should be asked more often for their opinions, and listened to more, and that more meetings should be held where children feel able to have their say. For example, one recommendation made by the Panel is that the law should say that it is important for a child to have a relationship with both parents if they separate, so long as it is safe. The strongly expressed view of the children was that this should depend on whether the child wants this, and this is what the law should say.

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