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A Child’s Voice: Why Children Should Have An Opportunity To Express Their Views In Court Proceedings
It’s only logical to assume that a child should be given the opportunity to express their views wholeheartedly in children proceedings. However, the important question remains — just how much weight should the words of a child be allotted when making court decisions?
Freedom of expression is rarely a part of a children’s rights advocacy, especially as a stand-alone issue. However, Child Rights International Network stresses that giving a child the right to freedom and expression as it can be a good marker for gauging their perceptions in any given society.
It is also true that whatever a child would speak, it would be a result of their feelings. Their feelings indeed do come in the way, especially in making court statements. Another problem to consider is that as to what extent of a child’s opinion is really his own and how is it influenced externally.
To deal with this universal parenting dilemma, parents should try to figure out that when a child says they want something, they don’t actually mean to need it. In a recent case, the court made a mandatory requirement for the child’s point of view to be heard at all costs.
Courts, from now, will be giving children the opportunity to be heard. This rule has been in place across England and Wales. This includes a child’s right to participate in an issue that pertains to him or her.
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