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dc.contributor.authorHUNTER, RCen_US
dc.contributor.authorEwing, Jen_US
dc.contributor.authorBarlow, AEen_US
dc.contributor.authorSmithson, Jen_US
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dc.description.abstractThe UK Government recently announced that children aged 10 and over should have the opportunity to be consulted on their views in both family court proceedings and family mediation. Drawing on data from the ESRC-funded ‘Mapping Paths to Family Justice’ project, this article examines the extent to which children’s voices are currently heard within out-of-court family dispute resolution (FDR) processes in England and Wales. The paper documents practitioners’ and parties’ views and experiences of child consultation, as well as evidence of the ways in which adult disputes may become the dominant concern and children’s welfare marginalised in FDR processes. It argues that the government’s proposals would represent a significant change in current practices. To achieve such a cultural shift would require better training and accreditation for FDR professionals, adequate funding of child-inclusive mediation, reframing of children’s participation in terms of rights to have their views heard and correspondingly, modification of the central principle of party autonomy in FDR processes.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipThe research on which this article is based forms part of the ERSC funded 'Mapping Paths to Family Justice' project.
dc.format.extent43 - 61en_US
dc.publisherJordan Publishingen_US
dc.relation.ispartofChild and Family Law Quarterlyen_US
dc.subjectmediation; family dispute resolution; child-inclusive; autonomy; children’s rights; children’s voicesen_US
dc.titleChildren's Voices: Centre-Stage or Sidelined in Out-of-Court Dispute Resolution in England and Wales?en_US
pubs.notes12 monthsen_US
pubs.notesArticle is the product of an RCUK-funded research project and therefore needs to comply with its open access mandates. The journal offers only a Green open access option.en_US
qmul.funderMapping Paths to Family Justice::ESRCen_US

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