Child Welfare Hearings
- 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.