In support of Family Mediation week, today Duncan Fisher from Kids in the Middle blogs about their work and contextualises it in relation to the Voice of the Child report and the government response to it. Read his blog here.
Ruth Smallacombe, a family mediator, also writes about her experiences mediating in child cases, meeting children and young adults as part of that process and gives some helpful ideas about what parents can do. Read her blog here.
Day 3 of Family Mediation Week focuses on “Childrens Voices.”
Today this wonderful video clip has been released. It shows child actors reading the words of “Rachel’s Poem.” The poem was written by an 11-year old girl about her parents divorce and powerfully demonstrates the needs of children to be allowed to love and spend time with both parents after separation/divorce. It has been filmed in collaboration with Kids in the Middle.
It’s great to hear news that children are finally to be given a voice in family court care proceedings. Read more here.
I was greatly impressed by members of the Family Justice Young Peoples Board (FJYPB) when I heard them speak at the FMC PPC Conference in December 2014, with particular reference to encouraging mediators to ensure that they open up mediation services to include children.
It seems that this development being announced today is largely thanks to their commitment to getting the voices of other children heard. Well done FJYPB and keep up the good work.