Putting children and young people first in the family courts

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Family Justice Young People's Board

 

The Family Justice Young People's Board (FJYPB) is a group of around 40 children and young people who have been through the family justice system or who have an interest in children's rights and the family courts. Originally created by Cafcass in 2006, the Board was established to help the organisation remain focused on children and young people. 

Recently, its success was recognised by the Family Justice Review and the Board was expanded to cover the family justice system on a national scale. The Board's remit is to help ensure that the work of the Family Justice Board is child centred and child-inclusive.

The FJYPB's National Charter

The Family Justice Young People's Board’s (FJYPB) ‘National Charter’, formally known as the ‘National Standards’

FJYPB charter cover

have been finalised. Over the next eight months, members of the FJYPB will be meeting with stakeholders to consult on how the Charter can be implemented.

You can download the Charter at this link.

The FJYPB have put together a glossary explaining some of the words and phrases which children and young people may hear about during a family court case and may have difficulty understanding.  Download the FJYPB glossary.

  • Sorting out Separation Video

    Some of the Board members worked with the Department of Work and Pensions to help develop this video to encourage parents to focus on their child when they are separating.

    Click here to access the video.

Update

At our most recent meeting on the 9th July 2016 myself and many of my fellow Family Justice Young People’s Board (FJYPB) members met up to take part in one of our regular Board meetings. Here we update each other about what we have been up to, discuss key issues that we think are important, take part in workshops and plan our work for the months ahead.

Our core pieces of work for the next few months are:

  • Planning for our Voice of the Child Conference, on 27th October 2016, which will focus on effective communication.
  • Developing an interactive eLearning tool for all frontline practitioners and other professionals which can be used to raise awareness about the importance of listening to the voice of the child. We plan to include a background briefing on the FJYPB, top tips for professionals around working and communicating with children and young people, and information on key topics such as mental health and sibling relationships.
  • Planning for our two workshops at this year’s WHY Festival (What’s Happening for the Young) in October 2016. Inspired by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Childthe annual event, takes place at the Southbank Centre. It provides a forum for children, young people, parents, teachers and professionals involved in caring for under-18s. Last year the Board ran a workshop which focused on promoting the voice of the child in family proceedings. This year, we hope to build on last year’s session and run two workshops, one aimed at adults and professionals, and the other one just for children and young people.
  • Continuing to highlight the impact that family breakdown can have on the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people, looking at the issues they experience whether that be in public or private law proceedings.
  • Promoting of the importance of sibling relationships. We would like to see professionals working in the family justice system give greater consideration to the sibling relationship in private law proceedings.
  • We are also looking forward to undertaking court reviews in Wales and Cafcass Cymru office inspections.

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