Family Justice Young People’s Board

Who are we?

 

FJYPB logoWe are the Family Justice Young People’s Board (FJYPB). We are a group of over 50 children and young people aged between seven and 25 years old who live across England and Wales. All of our members have either had direct experience of the family justice system or have an interest in children’s rights and the family courts.

Our overall aim is to support the work of the Family Justice Board which is to deliver improvements to the family justice system so that it provides the best result for children who come into contact with it.

We work hard to help ensure that the work of the Family Justice Board is child-centred and child-inclusive. We do this by participating in all its meetings to enable young people to have a direct say in its work. In doing this we work closely with other young people’s groups and stakeholders within family justice.

Read our Family Justice Young People's Board terms of reference.

FJYPB older boy headshot illustration“I  really enjoy being a member of the FJYPB. It is really fun and amazing. It has so many rewards and we have the privilege of working with some really awesome people. I stand tall and proud as a member of the FJYPB and I feel united with fellow members at getting our voices heard. It’s amazing to see our voices and the voices of other children having an impact on key services for children and young people. We are helping to change our futures and how children are both seen and heard.”

– Matthew, FJYPB member, aged 15

FJYPB younger girl headshot illustration“Being part of the FJYPB is a brilliant, amazing and awesome opportunity. I take part in lots of interesting projects representing and making sure the child’s voice is heard. It’s a very rewarding role and is a fabulous and fun opportunity.”

– Hana, FJYPB member, aged 8

 

 

 

 

Our work

 

FJYPB at VOTC 2017We work to promote the voice of children and young people that experience family breakdown including those children and young people who are involved in family court proceedings. We do this by actively taking part in various meetings, projects and events, and working together with various agencies and organisations. Below are a few examples of what we do.

 

 

 

 

Sharing personal experiences of proceedings

Members bravely share their experiences to professionals to highlight the areas where improvement is needed.

Professionals training

Deliver presentations and targeted and interactive workshops.

 

 

Recruitment

The FJYPB regularly participate on interview panels to recruit new members of staff for Cafcass,  including Family Court Advisers (FCAs) and senior managers.

 

 

Consultations and research

The FJYPB take part in funded research projects. Members will share views and opinions for targeted consultations.

 

Policy development

The FJYPB are involved with policy development for various organisations and agencies.

 

Reviewing services

  • Cafcass offices
  • Court reviews
  • National Association of Child Contact Centres
  • Mediation centres.

 

Who we work with

 

The FJYPB work with a range of family justice organisations and agencies. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Cafcass
  • Ministry of Justice
  • Family Justice Board
  • Mediation services (including National Family Mediation, NFM)
  • National Association of Child Contact Centres (NACCC)
  • HMCTS
  • Judiciary
  • Local authorities.

 

Our achievements

 

The  FJYPB National Charter aims to strengthen professional practice. It sets out the aspirations that children and young people want from family justice services such as the Ministry of Justice, the Department for Education, the judiciary (judges and magistrates) and many more. We’re working with all family justice organisations to implement the charter and make these aspirations a reality. It is our aim that our charter will help improve children and young people’s experience of the family courts and dispute resolution services.

 

Our glossary

We have put together a very useful glossary explaining some of the words and phrases which children and young people may hear during a family court case and may have difficulty understanding. We are currently working to update our glossary.

 

Our Annual Review 2017

Our Annual Review 2017 gives us an opportunity to reflect on the work which we have carried out over the past year and the impact the FJYPB have had across the family justice system.

The annual review also provides a chance to look ahead to the future and sets out our priorities for 2018/19.

 

Sorting out separation

Some of our board members worked with the Department of Work and Pensions to help develop this video to encourage parents to focus on their child when they are separating.

 

Our top tips for professionals

We have developed a range of top tips aimed at professionals working with children and young people. Check out our top tips posters and short films below:

Watch this space! We are currently developing more top tips focusing on:

  • Best practice for professionals working with migrant and refugee children and young people.
  • Best practice for professionals working with brother and sisters.
  • Best practice when working with LGBTQI children and young people.
  • Professionals working with children and young people affected by domestic abuse.

Our annual Voice of the Child conference

The annual FJYPB Voice of the Child conference is completely led, organised and run by members of the FJYPB, with an audience of about 200 delegates including senior figures and family justice professionals.

Our goal is to bring together the key professionals in the family justice world to deliver speeches, participate in a panel discussion and lead workshops that are ideas-focused and on a wide range of key family justice topics. The conference also provides the opportunity to interact with and learn from board members and fellow attendees to discuss how to implement best practice when working with children and young people.

Are you a young person (aged 7-24) with experience of the family courts?

 

If you are, and you would like to find out more about joining the Family Justice Young People’s Board, please contact us at [email protected]. We can then provide you with an application pack to complete and return.

This year, the FJYPB will open recruitment on Monday 18th December 2017. The deadline for all applications is Wednesday 28th February 2018.

If you have any questions about the role, please do not hesitate to get in touch!

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