Hear Our Voices - Voice of the Child in Child Care & Family Law Proceedings

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Hear Our Voices - Voice of the Child in Child Care & Family Law Proceedings

The conference will focus on the rights, voice & best interests of the child during parental separation and care proceedings.

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Farmleigh House & Estate Farmleigh House White's Road D15 TD50 Phoenix Park Ireland

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About this event

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As part of Ireland's Presidency of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe, the Department of Children Equality Disability Intergration and Youth (DCEDIY) is hosting a one day conference focusing on the rights, voice and best interests of the child in the context of parental separation and care proceedings. The event falls under ‘Hear Our Voices’ – Promoting Participatory Democracy and Youth Engagement, one of the three themes of the Irish Presidency.

This objective ties in with the priorities of the Irish Chairmanship of the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe. It also builds on the recently launched Strategy for the Rights of the Child (2022-2027), which includes the strategic objectives of

• Child-friendly justice for all children and

• Giving a voice to every child.

The Minister for Children, Equality, Disability, Integration and Youth, Roderic O’Gorman T.D. will host this conference and the Minister for Justice, Helen McEntee T.D. will also address the event, which provides an opportunity for Ireland to highlight recent reforms in the area.

This Conference is timely in terms of significant developments in Ireland, such as the upcoming Family Justice Strategy and Guardian ad litem reform, and will be an occasion to share developments and best practice in Ireland and in Member States and to generate a stimulating debate to provide input to the 6th meeting of the Group of Experts on the best interest of the Child in parental separation and in care proceedings (CJ/ENF-ISE).

This is a special opportunity to bring together young people, policy-makers, national authorities and other experts to exchange views.

A limited number of tickets for in person attendance are available with the option of online attendance for those unable to attend in person. Please register your interest for attendance and your request will be reviewed and responded to in due course.

Please note that the cut off date for domestic expressions of interest in attending in person is due by close of business Wednesday September 21st and all International registrations is due by close of business Wednesday September 28th.

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More information on the event including the conference programme, speakers bios and photos and practical information such as accomodation can be found at the following link: click here.

Please note that the cut off date for domestic expressions of interest in attending in person is due by close of business Wednesday September 21st and all International registrations is due by close of business Wednesday September 28th.