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Out of Hearing. Representing Children in Court. Edition No. 1. Wiley Child Protection & Policy Series

  • ID: 2248344
  • Book
  • January 1999
  • 190 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
The system of representation where children and young people areprovided with both a social work guardian ad litem and a specialistsolicitor is widely regarded as a model of excellence. However,until now, information about the system and its advantages hastended to neglect the views and experiences of the childrenconcerned. Based on a unique research study, Out of Hearinginvestigates the representation service from the child sperspective. Observations of representatives meetings with theirchild clients and separate interviews with the children and theirrepresentatives paint a disturbing picture of the isolation ofchildren at a time of immense stress and upheaval. Feedback fromchildren about what they considered helpful or unhelpful in theactions of their representatives; their views about reading, or notseeing, court reports about themselves; and their feelings aboutgoing to court, or being excluded from its proceedings, conveypowerful messages to the professionals and practitioners seeking tohelp them. Drawing on these experiences, the authors offerrecommendations for practice and policy to enable children s viewsto be heard more effectively. Providing fresh insight into therepresentation service, Out of Hearing is essential reading forsolicitors, guardians ad litem, social workers, judges,magistrates, policy makers, and academics. It will also be ofinterest to children s rights organisations, young people andcharities.

"Whatever one may make of the conclusions of the report, what itundeniably does is paint a very graphic picture indeed of theimpact of the process of care proceedings upon children. For thisreason (if for no other) it should be read by all childcare lawpractitioners." Philip Thomson Head of Legal Services, Essex CountyCouncil

"The views and aspirations of the children really do shine through;their concerns and their agendas are set out clearly andilluminated vividly." Anna Faulkner Formerly Panel Manager, Innerand North London GALRO Panel
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Care Proceedings

Listenting to Children -
Theoretical Issues

Children s Agenda

The System s Agenda

Becoming a Representative;
Representing Children

The Children s Agendas Revisited

Policy and Practice Issues

Appendix I: An Outline of the Research Methods

Appendix II: Pen Pictures of the Children in the Study.
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Judith Masson
Maureen Winn Oakley
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