They want to have their views heard, and to be given information in child-friendly language and formats. Most do not understand the different roles of the professionals around them or the terminology used. Many of them would like a written record explaining the decisions that they can look at when they are old enough to understand.

District Judge Nicholas Crichton, who chairs the FJC’s Voice of the Child sub-group, said: “Some very young children were involved in this work and the report demonstrates that their experiences can be gained and can contribute to improvements in the way professionals and courts hear the voices of all children and young people.”

The report, “Do more than listen. Act”, is on the Children’s Commissioner’s website.