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The Voice of a Child in Family Law Disputes$
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Patrick Parkinson and Judy Cashmore

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199237791

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199237791.001.0001

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The Debate About Children's Voices

The Debate About Children's Voices

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(p.1) 1 The Debate About Children's Voices
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The Voice of a Child in Family Law Disputes
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Patrick Parkinson

Judy Cashmore

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199237791.003.0001

This chapter begins with a discussion of the protective approach to children. It is generally unusual for children to be called to give evidence in parenting proceedings, in contrast to the situation in criminal trials when the prosecution alleges that the child has been a victim of a crime or a witness to one. The chapter then discusses children as participants, the pitfalls of listening to children, and different levels and forms of participation. An overview of the subsequent chapters is presented.

Keywords:   children, participation, child protection, children's rights

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