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Family Law Reform Now Network - Voice of the Child Project

Invitation to workshop in Birmingham - Children’s Voices and Family Justice – Time for Change

Event details

Article 12 of the UNCRC gives children the right to express their views, feelings and wishes freely in
matters affecting their lives and for those views to be taken seriously. Yet, research in England and
Wales and Australia has revealed that this is not a reality for children in private family law
proceedings in court, with even greater concerns about whether their voices are heard in out-ofcourt family justice processes.
This workshop aims to promote discussion and consider the further research needed to achieve
meaningful change, whether through improved practice, process or legislative reform, to make
hearing and listening to children’s voices a reality when parents separate.
By bringing together academics, policymakers, family practitioners and judges, as well as children
and young people themselves, the workshop will consider the current situation in England and
Wales, the position in Australia, and what each jurisdiction can learn from the other to pave the road to reform.

The event will be held in a hybrid format.

To attend ‘in-person’, please register using the following
Location: The Exchange, 3 Centenary Square, Birmingham B1 2DR

To attend online, please use this link:

The draft programme is available at these links.