Study on Children's Participation in Family Law Processes
The thematic group on Children and the Law will be mapping models of child participation in post separation processes in different parts of the world. This was decided at a group meeting in Prague in September. The group is continuing the work starting out with the questionnaire sent out to all Key Institutions in 2006.
The steering group of the Children and the Law thematic group met in Prague, Czech Republic, 13 - 15 September. After a few days intensive work the group had designed the continuation of the project. After a successful first phase mapping Family Law proceedings in 19 countries, the second phase will look at children's participation in decision making after parents' separation. A guide for the gathering of data will be developed by the group and Key Institutions having voiced their interest during the first phase of the project will be invited to share the models and experiences from their countries and contexts.
The picture taken at the Children and Law thematic group meeting shows, from left to right: Pernille Skotte (Childwatch Int. Secretariat), Nicki Taylor (Children's Issues Centre, New Zealand), Asha Bajpai (TATA Institute of Social Science, India), Lenka Sulova (Charles University, Czech Republic) and Robyn Fitzgerald (Centre for Children and Young People, Australia).
More on the Children and the Law thematic group can be found on the thematic group web page.