Children will have a greater say in family court cases, Justice Minister Simon Hughes announced as he addressed the Family Justice Young People’s Board.
Justice Minister Simon Hughes said:
For too long, children and young people have struggled to have their voices heard during the family court process. Although they are often at the centre of proceedings, the views of children and how they feel are often not heard, with other people making vital decisions for them.
I’ve been really impressed with Family Justice Young People’s Board (FJYPB) and the arguments which its members put forward. This is why I have taken steps to make sure that children and young people from the age of 10 will be able to express their views in cases which affect them.
Young people are some of the most vulnerable in society, and it is vitally important that we make sure they are at the heart of the family justice system".
The plans announced today are expected to complement reforms to guidance on judges seeing children which are being considered by a judge-led working group set up by the President of the Family Division, Sir James Munby.