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Leading the charge on children and youth issues

Leading the charge on children and youth issues

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The Children and Youth Issues Committee is part of the Family Law Section and one of the LIV’s most dynamic committees following its expansion from focusing on youth justice to include family and parenting matters.

The breadth of practice area expertise across the Committee has the benefit of providing comprehensive input to LIV Legal Policy submissions and consultations. This year, the Committee has taken part in government consultations on the upcoming Youth Justice Act, Youth Justice Strategy and the amendments to the Children, Youth and Families Act. The Committee has done so in writing and through consultations with government departments, ministers and judicial officers.

The impact of COVID-19 has led to unique difficulties for families and children, particularly regarding permanency amendments and family reunification orders. With family support services and resources reduced due to health restrictions, families are faced with the challenge of being unable to meet their court-ordered requirements and risk losing their children once orders have lapsed. The Committee has responded to concerns of a ‘COVID-19 Stolen Generation’ by advocating to government for urgent reforms.

As Victoria tentatively prepares for the new COVID-normal, it expected that short and long-term legal issues impacting families and children will continue to emerge well into 2021. The Children and Youth Issues Committee are the voice of their clients and practitioners practising in children’ law, and it is through utilising the intellectual resources of its members that allow the Committee and the LIV to continue contributing to vital policy change.

Joining the Family Law Section Children and Youth Issues Committee opens the door to opportunities to advocate on legal issues which directly impact your practice and subsequently, your clients. Through joining the Committee, you will attend monthly meetings to discuss with other practitioners concerns and issues relating to court processes and complex family matters. As a solutions-based committee, you would also be invited to take part in reforming the laws and processes.

If you are passionate about children and youth issues and want further information on joining the committee, or simply wish to keep on top of the latest developments in family law by joining the mailing list, send your enquiries to the FamilyLawSection@liv.asn.au and include your LIV member number.


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