The voice of the child in New Zealand Family Court and Mediation processes

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The Voice Of The Child In New Zealand Family Court And Mediation Processes

Project 2015-06-21 12:36:26 +1200

My project I want to raise funds for is to attend an international conference in Columbus, Ohio, USA. The conference is run by a group called AFCC (Association of Family and Conciliation Courts). It is an international organisation where professionals from lawyers, mediators, psychologists and family therapists have joined together identifying the need to promote children's rights and to develop systems that enable resolution of disputes in the healthiest way possible. AFCC in their conference in November is focusing on the "voice of the child" and how children's participation rights can be best effected.

My project is aimed at raising the funds needed to get me to this conference including airfares and accomodation.  New Zealand is far behind other countries in the world in this field and has recently introduced legislation that enables families to settle disputes via mediation without the children having any access to information or any opportunity to participate.

This is in direct breach of the international rights of children detailed in Article 12 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). UNCRC has been ratified by New Zealand and when we develop new social policy our policy is meant to support the principles of UNCRC. Our new family court reforms have failed to meet our international obligations.

I intend to start a movement for change in New Zealand where I raise the awareness of Article 12 and the profile of the voice of the child. It's about voice not choice, it isn't about saying children should be the decision makers but it's about their rights to access information when they are subject to proceedings and/or decision making that directly affects them and to participate and have a say (if they chose to) in those proceedings. Attending this conference will provide me with access to world leading research in this area and will significantly assist my own research and thesis work so I can pass this on and make a change. 

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One more update - pamper package

17/09/2015 at 8:52 AM

Hi as promised for those who pledged $100 or more they would go into the draw for a voucher at a day spa near them, the offiical draw has been held, it wasn't done under police supervision but the pledgers were numbered and numbers put into a bowl...the winner is Sally McMillan! I'll be in touch Sal xx

 

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    Pledgers 18

    Anonymous pledger
    2015-08-16 08:18:21 +1200
    Ainslie Titterton
    2015-08-15 12:51:11 +1200
    Anonymous pledger
    2015-08-14 08:12:44 +1200
    Katy
    2015-08-13 20:56:45 +1200
    Michelle Quirk
    2015-08-13 08:56:34 +1200

    "Sounds great Deb - hope you get to Ohio!"

    Woodies
    2015-08-11 22:15:09 +1200
    Lisa Thompson
    2015-08-07 17:50:21 +1200
    margie
    2015-08-06 23:07:24 +1200
    Kerry Kettle
    2015-08-06 20:02:46 +1200
    Jan Highton
    2015-08-06 16:21:24 +1200
    Sue Barber
    2015-08-06 14:26:50 +1200
    Emilie
    2015-08-06 13:54:36 +1200
    Shayne Galloway
    2015-08-06 12:58:54 +1200
    sally mcmillan
    2015-08-06 12:50:34 +1200

    "So proud of you and your achievements to date Deb. Onwards and Upwards (with a little help from your friends, or in this case cousins !) xx"

    Jo Knight
    2015-08-06 11:39:03 +1200

    "Good luck, Lady. We hope you get there and are able to come back and start making some changes. xo"

    andy caplan
    2015-07-15 05:58:33 +1200
    Sally Herbert
    2015-07-14 22:20:43 +1200
    Sally Herbert
    2015-07-14 22:19:26 +1200

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    The Voice Of The Child In New Zealand Family Court And Mediation Processes

    Project 2015-06-21 12:36:26 +1200

    My project I want to raise funds for is to attend an international conference in Columbus, Ohio, USA. The conference is run by a group called AFCC (Association of Family and Conciliation Courts). It is an international organisation where professionals from lawyers, mediators, psychologists and family therapists have joined together identifying the need to promote children's rights and to develop systems that enable resolution of disputes in the healthiest way possible. AFCC in their conference in November is focusing on the "voice of the child" and how children's participation rights can be best effected.

    My project is aimed at raising the funds needed to get me to this conference including airfares and accomodation.  New Zealand is far behind other countries in the world in this field and has recently introduced legislation that enables families to settle disputes via mediation without the children having any access to information or any opportunity to participate.

    This is in direct breach of the international rights of children detailed in Article 12 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). UNCRC has been ratified by New Zealand and when we develop new social policy our policy is meant to support the principles of UNCRC. Our new family court reforms have failed to meet our international obligations.

    I intend to start a movement for change in New Zealand where I raise the awareness of Article 12 and the profile of the voice of the child. It's about voice not choice, it isn't about saying children should be the decision makers but it's about their rights to access information when they are subject to proceedings and/or decision making that directly affects them and to participate and have a say (if they chose to) in those proceedings. Attending this conference will provide me with access to world leading research in this area and will significantly assist my own research and thesis work so I can pass this on and make a change. 

    Comments

    One more update - pamper package

    17/09/2015 at 8:52 AM

    Hi as promised for those who pledged $100 or more they would go into the draw for a voucher at a day spa near them, the offiical draw has been held, it wasn't done under police supervision but the pledgers were numbered and numbers put into a bowl...the winner is Sally McMillan! I'll be in touch Sal xx

     

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      Anonymous pledger
      2015-08-16 08:18:21 +1200
      Ainslie Titterton
      2015-08-15 12:51:11 +1200
      Anonymous pledger
      2015-08-14 08:12:44 +1200
      Katy
      2015-08-13 20:56:45 +1200
      Michelle Quirk
      2015-08-13 08:56:34 +1200

      "Sounds great Deb - hope you get to Ohio!"

      Woodies
      2015-08-11 22:15:09 +1200
      Lisa Thompson
      2015-08-07 17:50:21 +1200
      margie
      2015-08-06 23:07:24 +1200
      Kerry Kettle
      2015-08-06 20:02:46 +1200
      Jan Highton
      2015-08-06 16:21:24 +1200
      Sue Barber
      2015-08-06 14:26:50 +1200
      Emilie
      2015-08-06 13:54:36 +1200
      Shayne Galloway
      2015-08-06 12:58:54 +1200
      sally mcmillan
      2015-08-06 12:50:34 +1200

      "So proud of you and your achievements to date Deb. Onwards and Upwards (with a little help from your friends, or in this case cousins !) xx"

      Jo Knight
      2015-08-06 11:39:03 +1200

      "Good luck, Lady. We hope you get there and are able to come back and start making some changes. xo"

      andy caplan
      2015-07-15 05:58:33 +1200
      Sally Herbert
      2015-07-14 22:20:43 +1200
      Sally Herbert
      2015-07-14 22:19:26 +1200

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