The Hear the Child Project focuses on ways to support children and their participation in family justice processes.
It is based on the latest research and practice, and is framed by Article 12 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (ratified by Canada) and BC legislation that contemplates hearing and considering the views of children in decisions made about their best interests. Advisors and input from the BC bar, bench, government, academic, non-profit sectors and mental health professions have informed the work which assists legal professionals to modernize their practices in support of children and their families.
In Hear the Child, child participation is about children having an opportunity to share their views on matters that affect them with adults making decisions about their best interests, to have their views considered, and to receive information in a way that they understand. Some of the work undertaken by IICRD to date includes:
For additional information on the Kelowna Pilot Project, visit www.iicrd.org/childparticipation
“Hearing the Voices of Children and Youth - A Child-Centred Approach to Complaint Resolution” references IICRD’s Hear the Child Project