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Views of the Child Reports good addition to family justice toolbox

Tuesday, May 23, 2017 @ 8:15 AM | By Rachel Birnbaum and Nicholas Bala

Canadian law requires that courts take account of the views of children in making decisions about their future, and there is growing recognition that if this is done in a sensitive fashion, it can lead to more informed decisions and better outcomes for children. Our recently completed study of an Ontario pilot project found that non-evaluative Views of the Child Reports, prepared by social workers after two interviews with a child, can be a cost-effective way of obtaining information for the family justice process and promoting...