Family Proceedings

Ministry of Justice written question – answered on 16th June 2022.

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Photo of Esther McVey Esther McVey Conservative, Tatton

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will make it his policy to require the provision of independent therapeutic support for children during private proceedings.

Photo of James Cartlidge James Cartlidge Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Ministry of Justice) , Assistant Whip

Family breakdown is a difficult period in any child’s life and it is important that they are properly supported during this time. The court has an overriding duty to make the welfare of the child its paramount consideration when making decisions on family law applications.

Children and young people’s mental health services are provided by a range of organisations including NHS mental health and community trusts, local authorities and the private and voluntary sectors, and the Government recognises the vital role these services can play in supporting children and young people. However, there are currently no plans to specifically require such provision for children during private law proceedings.

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