Child Welfare Hearing Policy

The Child Protection Party believe that

  • child protection matters should not be an adversarial process in a court environment. ​
  • child welfare issues should not be dealt with in the same setting in which criminal cases are prosecuted.
  • instead, a panel should be established to hear such matters in the form of child welfare hearings where the process is less intimidating for parent/s and caregiver/s.
  • holding child welfare hearings in an environment that does not have the adversarial nature of the criminal court will provide an environment more conducive of producing more equitable outcomes for parents, caregivers and children.

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  • Carla Gleeson

    The process needs to work with fact not hearsay for a start. Families can’t just be ripped apart and then spend the next ? year+ just trying to have a voice heard in court – which is pointless anyway as by the time any judge hears how wrong removing the children is, any good they had in place was destroyed once children are removed. The rules and regulations can’t go against our basic human rights, and our right to be heard at the same time a court recieves a request to remove a child. At no point should a one sided application application be request.
    Parents need to be at every court hearing but most importantly the first original hearing- not done behind the parents back.

  • Paul Schluter

    Child Protection court hearings need to move quickly and not take months. Parents need to be educated in how they can best protect their interests. Legal aid should cover hearings. Parents should be able to request open courts if the magistrate is agreeable and it’s in the public interest. Child Protection hearings are always secret. The public never get to hear of injustice or poor child protection processes which is rarely published or broadcast by mass media. In my case I have spent $22,000 in legal fees with absolutely no net change in our position and no access. Closed courts hide poor practice. The public needs to hear the frivolous reasons for which some children are removed from their parents and in some cases as soon as the child is born.

  • Maddy McKenzie

    Remove immunity from everyone in the Court system. No more hiding identities of FRWs. Establish an Independent Oversight Committee that you can lodge a complaint with re FL Judges not following the law so no more expensive worthless appeals. At the end of each appearance an audio cd be given to each party of the recorded proceedings. No more paying $30,000 for transcripts to appeal. Justice must be available for everyone not just for the rich. The law states we are equal before the law when clearly we arent. No normal person can afford the exorbitant prices of transcripts. All FRWs have to be experts in FV and children with special needs or better yet do away with them all together. Get rid of ICLs. Change the law so that DVOs cant be overridden by FC Orders. Place safety first. If there has been a trial for a DVO and a DVO granted the FC must accept that as evidence of abuse. The Court to be required to accept and place weight on expert reports from their noncourt moneygrubbers. Ie a Pediatrician’s Report about special needs of children cant be dismissed because it is not a Court Expert. Remove the presumption of ESPR. Accept that if a party has continued post separation FV that the cost must consider whether they are an appropriate person to have contact with the children. That the Court must consider each case individually and not just apply a blanket approach of every other weekend and half the holidays for every child despite whether they have special needs or not. That there be some kind of review mechanism outside of FC to see how well the Orders and working and whether the children and suffering.

    If a parent wants equal say it should be equal pay. Why is one parent left holding the bag financially.

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