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Iona Phillips and Donna Cummins of Advoca, the specialist child and domestic abuse division of Lyons Davidson’s family law team, attended the 25th annual conference of the Association of Lawyers for Children on 14 November 2014. Both Iona and Donna are accredited members of the Law Society’s Children Panel and members of the ALC.

The theme of this year’s conference was ‘the voice of the child’ and focused on the continuing need to ensure that children’s voices and views are heard and given full consideration in proceedings that can, and do, change their lives.

The concerns of children in response to proposals to make family proceedings more accessible to the media and public at large were given particular consideration. The majority of children express significant concerns that this type of measure would violate their rights to privacy, particularly in an era in which social media is so prevalent and so difficult to regulate.

If you have a question family law services, child law services or domestic abuse services, please contact Iona Phillips by emailing [email protected] or phoning 0117 904 5878 or contact Donna by emailing [email protected] or phoning 0117 904 2391.