Introduce legal aid funding for child-inclusive mediation
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In March 2015, the Government published the Voice of the Child report and the Ministry of Justice subsequently endorsed the recommendation that there should be an increase in the provision of child-inclusive family mediation to ensure young people's voices are heard.
Two years later and the Government has still failed to act. There is still no recorded level of support for children when their parents separate and this is simply not good enough.
A recent report stated that among almost 11,000 families having parents who split up was the strongest single influence on girls' mental health, especially regarding emotional problems. It was the joint strongest influence on boys' mental health with strong links to behavioural problems.
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