Cover for research commissioned by the Children and Young People's Commissioner Scotland.

The treatment of the views of children in private law child contact disputes where there is a history of domestic abuse

A report to Scotland’s Commissioner for Children and Young People

December 2013. This report reviews the treatment of 155 children from 97 contact cases between parents in which there were allegations of abuse. It covers:

  • domestic abuse in private law contact disputes
  • characteristics of children
  • the extent to which views are taken and how
  • the views children express
  • contact outcomes (where outcomes are known)
  • the impact of children’s views on contact outcomes
  • the factors impacting on the weight attached to children’s views
  • the use of child contact centres (CCC)
  • key recommendations.

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