Children & Young People should not be barred from giving evidence directly to Family Courts when decisions are being made regarding the future care and welfare. Why are judges, lawyers, ICLs, Court Reporters so frightened of what they have to say?. Children & Young People are being denied a basic human right of Freedom of Speech and to have a say in their future lives. When they disclose or complain that they are being abused, they are ignored. It is easier for lawyers, and `Experts' to speculate and make conjectures that they have been `coached' and it is all part of a sinister plot to `alienate' them from a parent (How stupidly naive - children are far more truthful and honest than many adults).
When they refuse to go to contact or refuse to return to the resident parent after contact, some children have been forcefully dragged back by police officers.http://researchingreform.wordpress.com/ ... l-cliches/
The Voices of Children & Young People must be heard in Family Courts - it is their right as human beings.