A CHILD’S RIGHT TO BE HEARD
A child’s right to be heard is an important issue. It is generally accepted that in matters involving children the views of a child are properly canvassed by psychological experts involved in the case or by the Office of the Family Advocate who thereafter make recommendations to Court.
It is important to be aware, that The Children’s Act provides for the consideration of a child’s voice. Essentially, this provision of the act places an obligation on the Court to give serious consideration to the child’s views and wishes should the child be emotionally mature enough to make informed decisions and be able to provide his/her expression of preference in a situation. Where this is in the affirmative, weight should be given to the child’s views.