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The Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) recently released an Issues Paper as part of its current Review of the Family Law System. Close attention is drawn to the importance of children’s experiences and perspectives through inclusion of some key questions like: How can efforts to improve children’s experiences in the family law system best learn from children and young people who have experience of its processes?
A recent study undertaken by the Centre for Children and Young People focused on children’s understandings and experiences of family law processes. This research included a survey of 54 children and young people (aged 7-16 years) accessing the services of Legal Aid NSW. A Good Practice Guide for Independent Children's Lawyers (ICLs) was developed from the findings of this survey alongside a comprehensive review of related literature around children’s participation in family law processes.