Our Next Conference
09 October 2017 |
‘BUT WHAT ABOUT THE CHILDREN?:HEARING THE VOICE OF CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE IN COURT PROCEEDINGS’
on 9 October 2017 in London
Children and young people often become invisible and their views overlooked in legal wranglings concerning their welfare and future. It is the view of Sir James Munby, President of the Family Division, that issues about how the justice system accommodates the need for children to have a voice in decisions about their future is ‘amongst the most pressing we need to address’ (View from the President’s Chambers (16) 19.01.2017). This conference will aim to give a platform for debate where some of these concerns can be examined. Among the topics included will be the role of the Children’s Guardian and child’s solicitor in helping the child's voice to be heard, the conduct of ABE interviews and their use in public and private law cases as well as in criminal proceedings, extending the right to be heard to refugee and asylum seeking children and ensuring that disabled children and young people have equal opportunities to be listened to in court proceedings.
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