The third annual Voice of the Child conference is due to be held in London tomorrow (Thursday 23 July).
The one day event is organised by the Family Justice Young People’s Board (FJYPB), an organisation consisting of around 40 children and young people with experience of or an interest in the family justice system. The Board was established by Cafcass in 2006.
The theme of this year’s event will be ‘Make it happen – make it better’, with attendees encouraged to reflect on ways to encourage more participation by children in the legal process and to consider ways in which the interaction that already takes place could be improved.
The Board expects around 300 attendees, including Judges, barristers, solicitors, social workers and young people who have been caught up in the family disputes or the care system.
Administrator Claire Evans said:
“We are lucky to have the President of the Family Division of the High Court joining us, as well as Professor Janet Walker and Alison O’Sullivan from the Association of Directors for Children’s Services. We’re all really excited about the day and it will provide a great opportunity for stakeholders and the FJYPB to discuss their work and important issues affecting children going through a family break-up.”
Last year’s event was addressed by Simon Hughes MP, the then Minister for Justice and Civil Liberties.