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    DescriptionThe 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.

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    Out of Hearing
    Representing Children in Court
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Judith Masson, By (author) Maureen Winn Oakley
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 190
    Width: 162 mm
    Height: 227 mm
    Thickness: 14 mm
    Weight: 298 g
    ISBN 13: 9780471986423
    ISBN 10: 0471986429

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    John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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    John Wiley & Sons Ltd
    Publication date
    12 March 1999
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    The system of representation where children and young people are provided with both a social work guardian ad litem and a specialist solicitor is widely regarded as a model of excellence. However, until now, information about the system and its advantages has tended to neglect the views and experiences of the children concerned. Based on a unique research study, Out of Hearing investigates the representation service from the child's perspective. Observations of representatives? meetings with their child clients and separate interviews with the children and their representatives paint a disturbing picture of the isolation of children at a time of immense stress and upheaval. Feedback from children about what they considered helpful or unhelpful in the actions of their representatives; their views about reading, or not seeing, court reports about themselves; and their feelings about going to court, or being excluded from its proceedings, convey powerful messages to the professionals and practitioners seeking to help them. Drawing on these experiences, the authors offer recommendations for practice and policy to enable children's views to be heard more effectively. Providing fresh insight into the representation service, Out of Hearing is essential reading for solicitors, guardians ad litem, social workers, judges, magistrates, policy makers, and academics. It will also be of interest to children's rights organisations, young people and charities. "Whatever one may make of the conclusions of the report, what it undeniably does is paint a very graphic picture indeed of the impact of the process of care proceedings upon children. For this reason (if for no other) it should be read by all childcare law practitioners." Philip Thomson Head of Legal Services, Essex County Council "The views and aspirations of the children really do shine through; their concerns and their agendas are set out clearly and illuminated vividly." Anna Faulkner Formerly Panel Manager, Inner and North London GALRO Panel
    Table of contents
    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.