Children and young people have been asked to contribute to the government’s review of the family justice system.
Children’s Rights director, Roger Morgan has drawn up a Young People’s Guide to the proposed reforms, in language children can understand. It explains how they can comment on the way they have been treated.
Morgan said: “It is essential that children and young people are told about proposals that will directly affect them and that they are given a voice in the decisions which are made about their future.”
David Norgrove, chair of the Family Justice Review Panel, said: “Children are the most important people in the family justice system and it is vital that they have a voice in shaping its future.
“The publication of the Young Person’s Guide gives them this opportunity and the Panel will carefully consider what they say.”
The Norgrove review, which published an interim report in March and will make its final recommendations in the autumn, has proposed introducing into legislation a six-month time limit for completion of care proceedings, called for greater judicial continuity, and recommended the use of parenting agreements. It recommended creating a single family court, with a single point of entry, instead of the current three tiers of court, and setting up a Family Justice Board to manage the system.
The consultation was due to close on 23 June.