How many more children must die, at the hands of parents, relatives or
even themselves, before we get the message: family separation is a killer?
As one national UK newspaper campaigns for major family law reform,
For Kids Sake argues that we need to go even further.
For Kids Sake launches policy paper at Parliament House, Canberra,
calling for a fresh approach to family separation and the appointment
of a federal Minister for Children & Young People.
For Kids Sake CEO says Australia’s major, new review of its 42-year-old Family Law Act is destined to fail the very children it sets out to protect.
Opinion: Family law not the answer
Australia’s most comprehensive review of its 42-year-old family law act begins this week. But, a mere review of legislation by lawyers is not what our kids need most.
Assessing children and families that are separating is a highly specialised field – and far too few professionals have the necessary skills and experience.
Family courts are extremely slow, unaffordable and adversarial, which inevitably increases the harm to children. Our children deserve much better than that.
Family separation is one of the greatest contributors to major childhood trauma: the impact on children is lifelong and often extreme.