Children’s voices must be heard in the divorce process
Too often when couples separate and divorce their children’s voices get lost in the turmoil. One organisation working hard to make sure children voices are heard in the process is The Family Justice Young People’s Board (FJYPB). This impressive group is made up of over 50 children and young people aged between seven and 25 years old who live across England and Wales. All have either had direct experience of the family justice system or a keen interest in children’s rights and the family courts. Their overall aim is to support the work of the Family Justice Board in delivering improvements to the family justice system so that it provides the best result for children who come into contact with it.
FJYPB working hard to ensure processes are child-centred and child-inclusive
FJYPB work hard to help ensure that the work of the Family Justice Board is child-centred and child-inclusive. It does this by participating in all the Family Justice Board’s meetings so young people have a direct say in its work. In doing they work closely with other young people’s groups and stakeholders within family justice.
They also create some fantastic resources that are really useful for parents who are divorcing including this top tips document:
The tips contained really get to the heart of the most important issues for children when parents separate. Parenting is especially difficult when you are facing all the pain and hurt of a breakup so this sheet is a great checklist any parent can use to check in with themselves and make sure they are doing all they can to make this difficult time easier for their children.
To find out more about the work of FJYPB visit https://www.cafcass.gov.uk/family-justice-young-peoples-board/
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