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Conference to tackle children’s rights

Filed under: General,Law & Courts — JohnPotter @ 11:13 am Sat 14th May 2005

How can we help children and young people increase their participation in society so they and everyone else might benefit from their input into decision-making processes?

This is one of the key issues to be discussed at a major conference running from July 7 to 9 at the University of Otago. Children and Young People as Citizens: Participation, Provision and Protection is the sixth Child and Family Conference run by the Children’s Issues Centre, which is based at the University.

The international speakers are Bruce Smyth from the Australian Institute of Family Studies, who will talk about encouraging more creative post-divorce parenting arrangements that meet the needs of children and parents; and Dr Ruth Sinclair, Research Director at the UK National Children’s Bureau, who will present on the English experience of children’s participation in public life.

The other New Zealand keynote speakers include Principal Family Court Judge, Hon Peter Boshier, who will look at how the Care of Children Act 2004 will affect children’s participation and protection rights in court cases.


  1. Social services appear to be filled by many who got screwed as children. Now they want to create an overly empowered group of children. Holy shit!
    Please give me responsable adults who make sensible decisions. Not Lord of the Flies revisitted.

    Comment by Stephen Gee — Sat 14th May 2005 @ 4:06 pm

  2. My daughters got lawyers for their 6th and 8th birthdays and Dad got 6 protection orders and jail. My daughters love & miss me to bits, but 27 lawyers later they will celebrate their 11th and 13th birthdays without Daddy. Judge Boshier and his parasitic lawyer mates are racing to get the first toddler in the depressing family courtroom as it’s a huge money spinner!!!

    Comment by Peter Burns — Sat 14th May 2005 @ 8:19 pm

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