Child Inclusive Practice involves giving voice the child in family law proceedings in which they are involved, providing them opportunity to present their wishes and best interests. The process involves a child independently speaking with a trained Child Consultant, who provides a safe and supportive environment for a child to discuss their concerns and express themselves. The Child Consultant provides feedback and recommendations to parents on the basis of their discussion with the child.
Parental separation and the breakdown of a family unit can be a confusing and traumatic time for children. Child Inclusive Practice creates an environment which supports parents’ active consideration of the needs of their children, ultimately ensuring that ongoing decisions or agreements made reflect the individual needs of each child. Throughout the process, a child’s experiences and feelings are validated, and parents are provided with information which may assist the child’s present and future coping. Child Inclusive Practice can benefit parents who may wish to prioritise their child’s best interests, but are having difficulty in understanding how. The process allows a parent better understanding of a child’s experiences, and gives insight into the best course of action for a child’s benefit.
We work with various child inclusive practitioners to assist in resolving complex parenting disputes and to help separated couples co-parent and improve communication. Connect with us today.