The aspirations, views and needs of children should be central to the ongoing debate about the role of the family and the influence of the state was one of the conclusions of our consultation event held at St George's House, Windsor.
The summary paper published today was the result of a 24-hour consultation in February entitled The Family Business, which was attended by 30 specially invited guests drawn from the legal profession, the media, academia, practitioners and religious leaders.
Among the participants were our Royal Patron, HRH The Duchess of Gloucester, lawyer Elissa Da Costa who wrote a piece for our Good Childhood Blog (see Elissa Da Costa's post here) prior to the event, agony aunt Denise Robertson and young people from The Children's Society Lancashire Children's Rights Service who spoke about their experience of local authority intervention in their lives.
Other discussion topics were on family conflict and the courts, remote advice for parents and poverty and family life.
Our consultation was the second in a series of four being organised by The Children's Society at St George's House. Our first event was held there in February 2010 on public attitudes towards children and young people, with the third event taking place in September 2011 on Christian values in relation to poverty and inequality.