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Newell, S, Graham, A & Fitzgerald, RM 2009, Results of an international survey regarding children's participation in decision-making following parental separation, Report prepared for Childwatch International's Children & the Law Thematic Study Group, Centre for Children and Young People, Southern Cross University, Lismore, NSW.


This report presents the results from a survey developed and conducted by the Childwatch International Research Network’s Children and the Law Study Group. The survey explored how children’s participation rights are respected in post-separation decision-making in international family law contexts, including a focus on the legislative mechanisms and on the factors that facilitated, or hindered, children’s participation. The survey was distributed, in May 2009, to all organisations currently involved with the Childwatch International Research Network. To date, completed surveys have been received from 13 institutions, representing 30% of the 44 organisations and 37% of the 35 countries involved.