“Children should be at the heart of decisions made in any family, and this shouldn’t change simply because parents decide they can no longer live with each other.
“The Minister is moving everyone closer to realising NFM’s long-standing vision that it becomes the norm, not the exception, for children to be able to participate in shaping their futures when the family separates.
“Our experience shows that involving children in mediation can help shift parents’ attention away from the bitterness they feel towards each other, to focus on the child’s future instead.
“We look forward to working with the Minister to ensure our child-inclusive Mediation practice standards are shared and adopted.”
The Minister was speaking to the Family Justice Young People’s Board ‘Voice of the Child’ conference in London on 23 July 2015.