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'We weren't being heard': siblings share family justice experience

7th March 2024

Law Gazette

Scared and not knowing what was going on. Spoke to guardians, lawyers, police and even wrote a letter to the judge, but felt like no one was listening to them. This is the experience of two young siblings caught up in the family justice system.

The siblings spoke to Cafcass chief executive Jacky Tiotto, who showed the interview during a keynote speech to the Family Justice Council today. Tiotto was delivering this year's Family Justice Council Bridget Lindley lecture.

The audience, including family division president Sir Andrew McFarlane, heard that the siblings were involved in private family law proceedings.

The younger sibling said: ‘I felt a bit scared. We didn’t really know what was going on as we were quite young. Everyone wasn’t listening to us. When we had meetings, I felt I wasn’t being heard that well.’

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