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Resolution welcomes recommendations for mediation to include children

26 Mar 2015

Family justice organisation Resolution welcomed the recommendation that children be included in family mediation sessions in the Voice of the Child Advisory Group report published today. The organisation, which has long campaigned to make divorce and separation more child-focused, recently published a Parenting Charter calling for separating parents to prioritise their children’s rights to information and influence over decisions that affect their lives.

Resolution spokesperson Karin Walker says:

“We’re encouraged by the Government’s firm support for the principle of child inclusive practice and the presumption that children and young people should have the opportunity to have their voices heard during their parents’ separation, including mediation. Whilst children should not be actively involved in the issues surrounding the separation of their parents, it is important that they have the opportunity to express their feelings about the impact of decisions on their lives.”

“Resolution has actively supported children’s right to have their voices heard, with Resolution-trained mediators often being specially trained to see children in direct consultation. In this context, the issue of parental consent and confidentiality is vitally important. This has been carefully considered by the Advisory Group and reflected in the government report.”

This is a huge step towards child inclusive dispute resolution, enabling and empowering parents to focus their minds on outcomes which take account the best interests of their children. We urge Government to consider the report’s request for funding for child inclusive mediation as an ongoing process during a divorce, rather than a one off event for the child or young person. Resolution considers inclusion of children’s rights and wishes throughout the separation process to play a crucial role in helping separating families move on with their lives.”