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Out of Hearing

ISBN13: 9780471986423
ISBN: 0471986429
Published: February 1999
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons Ltd
Format: Paperback
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The form and content of court proceedings is generally considered unsuitable for children, who tend only to be present when absolutely necessary, as offenders or witnesses. Therefore, much of children's involvement in care proceedings takes place outside of the courtroom.;Built around a research study exploring the law and practice of representation and particularly how the relationships between guardians, solicitors, courts and local authorities shape the representation provided for abused and neglected children, this book examines the various professional approaches to the place of children in the proceedings and then contrasts them with the views of the children themselves.;It examines potential policy and practice changes that would enable children's views to be heard more effectively, and offers insight into children's understanding of their involvement in the legal process. It informs debates about the structure of the guardian ad litem service, and its need for legal services and training for lawyers appearing in court cases.

Care proceedings; listening to children - theoretical issues; children's agenda; the system's agenda; becoming a representative; representing children; the children's agendas revisited; policy and practice issues. Appendices: an outline of the research methods; pen pictures of the children in the study.