What happens to children when parents split up?
In our fifth episode, Alma-Constance and Lucinda take a look at the difficult situation of when parents split up. Alma-Constance talks to Charlotte Bradley, who is a partner and Head of the Family Law department in a firm of solicitors called Kingsley Napley. Charlotte is also a mediator and has helped many families sort out their problems and campaigned for the voices of children to be heard when family relationships break down. She also has personal experience of a divorce herself and explains how children can be helped through the legal process.
Alma -Constance asks her why lawyers get involved and whether families always have to go to court. She asks how the opinions of children are heard and who can help children if they need to make decisions about living or seeing their parents.
Charlotte tells us that children can often feel caught in the middle of the arguments between their parents. She says that it is important if the child can't tell their parents how they feel that the child finds an adult they trust, for example a teacher, to speak to. Children should ask if they can speak to a therapist or a counsellor as many schools provide counselling for children precisely to support them through such difficult times.
There are also organisations that can help:
Childline - a free, private and confidential service where you can talk about anything. You can speak to a counsellor every day from 7.30am - 3:30 am on weekdays and 9am - 3.30am on weekends. Call free on 0800 1111, or use their 121 chat service
NSPCC - helpline Monday to Friday 8am – 10pm and 9am – 6pm at the weekend. Call 0808 800 5000
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