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Opinion: Better outcomes for children

Opinion: Better outcomes for children

By Kylie Beckhouse

Child Welfare 


Independent Children's Lawyers are getting more resources to help those at the centre of family law disputes - the children. In 2014-15, Independent Children’s Lawyers (ICLs) represented children in family courts in about 4800 cases – and the number is growing. Nationwide, legal aid commissions engage about 550 ICLs to do this work. Representing vulnerable children is a critical role played by lawyers in the family law system. ICLs are specially trained legal practitioners appointed in some federal family law children’s matters as an advocate to act in the best interests of the child. They act as the “honest broker” by reminding all parties that the child, and their best interests, should be at the centre of proceedings.

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