Herbert, Ruth L.

Seen and not heard : children in the New Zealand Family Court. Part two - Lawyer for the child? Written by Ruth Herbert and Deborah Mackenzie - The Backbone Collective, 2018 - electronic document (82 pages) ; PDF file

In this second report in The Backbone Collective’s ‘Seen and Not Heard’ series the Collective places Lawyer for Child under the microscope and investigate how this important component of the overall system is operating. After
surveying hundreds of women who have children and are involved in New Zealand Family Court proceedings, the Collective has gathered an enormous amount of information about women and children’s experiences of Lawyer for Child from all over New Zealand. We have collected, analysed and inquired in the Collective's effort to get to fully understand the Lawyer for Child role.

Both UNCROC and the New Zealand legislation clearly require that all children who are party to Family Court proceedings have a right to be heard – to express their views, and they must be given reasonable opportunities to do this on any matters that affect them. The New Zealand legislation and UNCROC are also both clear that merely gathering children’s views is not sufficient – their views must be presented to the court and must be taken into account by the court. (From the Executive summary). Record #5834


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TŪKINOTANGA Ā-WHĀNAU
ABUSED WOMEN
ACCESS
ATTITUDES
CARE AND PROTECTION
CARE OF CHILDREN ACT 2004
CHILD EXPOSURE TO VIOLENCE
CHILDREN
CHILDREN'S RIGHTS
Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCROC)
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ACT 1995
FAMILY COURT
INTIMATE PARTNER VIOLENCE
JUSTICE
MĀORI
MOTHERS
PERPETRATORS
RISK ASSESSMENT
MĀMĀ
TURE WHĀNAU


NEW ZEALAND