This consultation paper set out the Government's proposals for improving transparency and privacy in the family courts. It invited views and comments from all stakeholders including children and young people on making the family courts more open and accountable.
To encourage debate about the openness and privacy in family courts the Government launched two public online forums that complemented the consultation process. The adult family courts forum ran from 11 July till 30 October 2006 and the children and young people's forum ran from 1 September till 30 October 2006.
|Consultation began on||11 July 2006|
|Consultation ended on||30 October 2006|
|Summary of responses published on||22 March 2007|
This consultation paper sets out the Government's proposals for improving transparency and privacy in the family courts. It invited views and comments from all stakeholders including children and young people on making the family courts more open and accountable.
This report, published on 22 March 2007, summarises responses to the consultation on improving transparency and privacy in family courts. It also includes discussions of views expressed at stakeholder events and in the online discussion forum for adults, children and young people. The Government would like to thank all those who responded to the consultation.
The Government was keen to hear the views of children and young people as part of the consultation process. Through a number of events, over 200 children and young people gave their views on the consultation proposals. A young people's guide to the response paper has been produced with the help of the Office of the Children's Right Director.
Further copies of the consultation paper can be obtained by contacting the address below:
Transparency and Accountability Branch
Family Justice Division
Selborne House, 4th floor, post point 9A
London SW1E 6QW
Tel: 020 7210 2673
Fax: 020 7210 8681