See yourself through the eyes of your child.
A Child Consultant’s role is child centered. It involves meeting with the child(ren), to collect the child’s experiences, needs, opinions and views; and to provide this feedback to parents and/or third-party decision-makers, so that the child(ren)’s contribution can be incorporated into future decisions.
A Child Consultant can be retained to provide the child(ren)’s feedback orally in the following processes: Parent Consultant, Mediation, Mediation-Arbitration, Parenting Coordination, Parenting Coordination-Arbitration.
The process of a Child Consultant often includes:
- One interview with each guardian parent; and,
- Two interviews with each child (each parent transports the child to one interview);
- The child(ren)’s feedback is provided to the guardian parents and third-party decision-maker;
- Subsequent child interviews can occur if new parenting issues arise.
The feedback is provided orally, and no report will be written. If it is anticipated that a written report will be required/requested, the formal option of a Court of Queen’s Bench Practice Note 7 Views of the Child Intervention is a better fit.
As mentioned above, the Child Consultant can work in collaboration with a Parent Consultant. Please see the Parent Consultant service page to better understand the role of the Parent Consultant.
How we can help:
- Allow your child to be heard
- Gain the views, needs, and opinions of your child
- Incorporate your child’s feedback into parenting decisions