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Judicial meetings with children in Australian
Family Law Proceedings:
Hearing children’s voices

Judicial meetings with children in Australian Family Law Proceedings: Hearing children’s voices

Australian family law judicial officers rarely take the opportunity to meet with children who are the subject of proceedings, despite the fact that the outcome of these proceedings will affect many important aspects of a child’s life. This appears to be at odds with the court’s obligation to regard the best interests of the child as the paramount consideration and the child’s right to participate pursuant to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. While it appears that the practice of judicial meetings with children is not encouraged in Australia, internationally there is growing support. Several countries have implemented guidelines or taken other steps to actively encourage greater use of the practice. In some countries, judicial meetings are carried out frequently, uncontroversially and successfully. Delegates at the 5 th World Congress on Family Law and Children’s Rights in 2009 passed a resolution in support of judges considering whether to meet with a child in every case before them. This thesis looks at the benefits that can be gained, both for children and for decision- making, by judges meeting with children. These benefits are viewed within the wider context of how the right of children to express their views is exercised in family law matters and the literature on how children feel about their current level of participation in court proceedings. In determining what is in the best interests of a child, judges may be aided by a practice that enables them to learn more about a child’s needs and interests than via other recognised methods of hearing children’s views.
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Policing parents, protecting children? Rethinking Child Protection Strategy: Initial findings from trend data

Policing parents, protecting children? Rethinking Child Protection Strategy: Initial findings from trend data

A parent who needs supportive services or who does not understand its dual use is unlikely to refuse assessment, or may not be aware that their consent is needed unless there are grounds under s.47 to proceed regardless. Consequently in many cases there is little a lawyer or a support organisation can do once a large amount of social work interaction has taken place with a family other than urge compliance with social work requirements. This is often too little too late to prevent removal of a child and presumes social work decision making is invariably correct. The interface between social work relationships with families, and legal rights and responsibilities which differ throughout the stages of the Public Law Outline, together with high emotional stakes for parents render the process potentially fraught, confusing and incompatible with family support. Consequently, by the time contested cases reach the courtroom there is arguably little that can be done to unpick the complex interaction between families and Children’s Services Departments.
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Judicial meetings with children in Australian
Family Law Proceedings:
Hearing children’s voices

Judicial meetings with children in Australian Family Law Proceedings: Hearing children’s voices

Australian family law judicial officers rarely take the opportunity to meet with children who are the subject of proceedings, despite the fact that the outcome of these proceedings will affect many important aspects of a child’s life. This appears to be at odds with the court’s obligation to regard the best interests of the child as the paramount consideration and the child’s right to participate pursuant to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. While it appears that the practice of judicial meetings with children is not encouraged in Australia, internationally there is growing support. Several countries have implemented guidelines or taken other steps to actively encourage greater use of the practice. In some countries, judicial meetings are carried out frequently, uncontroversially and successfully. Delegates at the 5 th World Congress on Family Law and Children’s Rights in 2009 passed a resolution in support of judges considering whether to meet with a child in every case before them. This thesis looks at the benefits that can be gained, both for children and for decision- making, by judges meeting with children. These benefits are viewed within the wider context of how the right of children to express their views is exercised in family law matters and the literature on how children feel about their current level of participation in court proceedings. In determining what is in the best interests of a child, judges may be aided by a practice that enables them to learn more about a child’s needs and interests than via other recognised methods of hearing children’s views.
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Family Law: Husband and Wife

Family Law: Husband and Wife

Family Law Husband and Wife SMU Law Review Volume 59 Issue 3 Annual Survey of Texas Law Article 16 2006 Family Law Husband and Wife Joseph W McKnight Follow this and additional works at https //schola[.]

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Exploring the effects of a family admissions program for adolescents with anorexia nervosa

Exploring the effects of a family admissions program for adolescents with anorexia nervosa

In-depth, semi-structured interviews were developed by the authors, in line with the research question. They were then conducted either by phone or face-to-face with each family with the first author. The interview questions asked the family to recount the story of their journey with AN to date, specifically focusing on their experiences during the FAP (interview schedules can be sought from authors upon request). Interviews lasted be- tween 60 and 90 min and were audio-recorded and tran- scribed verbatim. The interview transcripts were then used to create an overarching narrative by the first au- thor, which aimed to tell the story of how and where the FAP fit within each family’s experience responding to the challenges of AN. Narratives were created by first organising the data from each transcript temporally, be- ginning with the onset and course of AN, up to the present day, and then ending with family members’ re- flections on the FAP [25]. Once the data was organised in this way, it was then written into a story that flowed coherently and contained a distinct beginning, middle and end. Upon completion of the narrative, it was reviewed by the family so that any revisions they deemed necessary could be incorporated into the story to ensure that their voices and experiences were authentically reflected [26]. Families were interviewed between 6 and 10 months following their completion of the FAP. At the time of their interview, four families were still undergo- ing the final phases of FBT and had largely achieved weight, eating and exercise behavioural containment. All participating families had thus reached similar stages in their trajectory of treatment.
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Voices of Experience, Voices for Change: The Impact of the Family Law System on Mothers and their Children

Voices of Experience, Voices for Change: The Impact of the Family Law System on Mothers and their Children

Voices of Experience, Voices for Change The Impact of the Family Law System on Mothers and their Children BY KAREN BRIDGMAN ACKER Cet artick rapporte Ics rlzultats de d e w projra d'unc rcchcrcheq~Iit[.]

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Burial of Family Law, The

Burial of Family Law, The

Burial of Family Law, The SMU Law Review Volume 61 | Issue 2 Article 6 2008 Burial of Family Law, The Emily J Sack Follow this and additional works at https //scholar smu edu/smulr This Article is bro[.]

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Using the RE-AIM framework to evaluate a community-based summer camp for children with obesity: a prospective feasibility study

Using the RE-AIM framework to evaluate a community-based summer camp for children with obesity: a prospective feasibility study

Results pertaining to the effectiveness and individual- level maintenance elements of RE-AIM showed that the children experienced significant improvements in fat and muscle mass from pre- to post-intervention, as well as a trend toward improvement at the 6- and 12-month follow-up assessments. In addition, BMI- z values de- creased significantly from pre- to post-intervention, and these changes were sustained at 6-months following the intervention. In a similar vein, Owens and colleagues [34] used DXA scans to measure the body composition of children with obesity (aged 7 to 11), and found that fat and muscle mass improved after a 4-month physical activity intervention. However, no follow-up results after the formal intervention were reported. Interestingly, a meta-analysis of childhood obesity and overweight inter- ventions conducted by Wilfley and colleagues [35] showed that children with obesity in control or enhanced-care control groups continued to gain weight during and after the intervention(s). In addition, a recent review performed by Franckle et al. [36] identified patterns of accelerated weight gain during the summer months (in comparison to the school year) for children and adolescents who were overweight or obese. Thus, the results of C.H.A.M.P., con- sidered within the context of previous scientific findings, suggest that although some of the improvements in body composition were not sustained following the interven- tion, the program may have prevented further inevitable weight gain.
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Family Law: Parent and Child

Family Law: Parent and Child

Family Law Parent and Child SMU Law Review Volume 60 | Issue 3 Article 16 2007 Family Law Parent and Child Linda B Thomas Ardita L Vick Follow this and additional works at https //scholar smu edu/smul[.]

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Family Law and Community Property

Family Law and Community Property

Family Law and Community Property SMU Law Review Volume 8 Issue 3 Survey of Southwestern Law for 1953 Article 7 1954 Family Law and Community Property R Clements Follow this and additional works at ht[.]

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Family Law and Community Property

Family Law and Community Property

Family Law and Community Property SMU Law Review Volume 6 Issue 3 Survey of Southwestern Law for 1951 Article 5 1952 Family Law and Community Property Armine C Ernst Follow this and additional works a[.]

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Family Law and Community Property

Family Law and Community Property

Family Law and Community Property SMU Law Review Volume 5 Issue 3 Survey of Southwestern Law for 1950 Article 6 1951 Family Law and Community Property A E Collier Follow this and additional works at h[.]

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Family Law: Husband and Wife

Family Law: Husband and Wife

Family Law Husband and Wife SMU Law Review Volume 57 Issue 3 Annual Survey of Texas Law Article 19 2004 Family Law Husband and Wife Joseph W McKnight Follow this and additional works at https //schola[.]

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Family Law: Husband and Wife

Family Law: Husband and Wife

Family Law Husband and Wife SMU Law Review Volume 58 Issue 3 Annual Survey of Texas Law Article 17 2005 Family Law Husband and Wife Joseph W McKnight Follow this and additional works at https //schola[.]

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Family Law: Husband and Wife

Family Law: Husband and Wife

Family Law Husband and Wife SMU Law Review Volume 66 Issue 5 Annual Texas Survey Article 4 2013 Family Law Husband and Wife Joseph W McKnight Southern Methodist University Shanin Turner Brevig Souther[.]

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Family Law: Husband and Wife

Family Law: Husband and Wife

Family Law Husband and Wife SMU Law Review Volume 64 | Issue 1 Article 14 2011 Family Law Husband and Wife Joseph W McKnight Follow this and additional works at https //scholar smu edu/smulr This Arti[.]

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Family Law: Husband and Wife

Family Law: Husband and Wife

Family Law Husband and Wife SMU Law Review Volume 62 | Issue 3 Article 15 2009 Family Law Husband and Wife Joseph W McKnight Follow this and additional works at https //scholar smu edu/smulr This Arti[.]

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Family Law: Patent and Child

Family Law: Patent and Child

Family Law Patent and Child SMU Law Review Volume 62 | Issue 3 Article 16 2009 Family Law Patent and Child Linda B Thomas Ardita L Vick Follow this and additional works at https //scholar smu edu/smul[.]

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Family Law: Parent &(and) Child

Family Law: Parent &(and) Child

Family Law Parent &(and) Child SMU Law Review Volume 61 Issue 3 Annual Survey of Texas Law Article 14 2008 Family Law Parent &(and) Child Linda B Thomas Ardita L Vick Follow this and additional works[.]

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Family Law: Husband and Wife

Family Law: Husband and Wife

Family Law Husband and Wife SMU Law Review Volume 60 | Issue 3 Article 15 2007 Family Law Husband and Wife Joseph W McKnight Follow this and additional works at https //scholar smu edu/smulr This Arti[.]

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