Why Kids need a voice, not a choice ?

“Why Kids need a voice – not a choice” workshop and Q&A is intended to provide whānau with information about the children’s perspective of Family separation. 

Workshop Learning objective:

This workshop is intended to:

  • Suggest ways that parents can tell children they are going to separate
  • Give parents information about supporting  their children to discuss their views without feeling they are  caught in a loyalty bind.
  • Explore key ways that parents and other whānau can initiate these conversations.
  • Examine the positive impact of an aligned parental approach in talking to children
  • Discuss the differences between the ‘in court’ and the ‘out of court’ processes available for children to express their views and feelings. 
  • Understand how the transition of separation  can affect different family members

About the Presenter: 

Jill Goldson is the director of The Family Matters Centre in Auckland, where she works clinically and in research with families and children experiencing the transition of separation.

As well as working with families for over 35 years, Jill has taught on professional training courses at university and also trains other professionals on child inclusive intervention in separation.

Jill has received a number of awards for her work in therapeutic mediation,has published academically and has been asked to consult on government advisory panels and  speaks with the media. She is a Churchill Fellow and holds a post graduate qualification in management of parental alienation.

Jill Goldson brings with her a wealth of experience and knowledge about Family Separation and the children’s voice and participation and family relations


Fri 26 May 2023


Up to 1.5 hours
11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Registration Fee

Free / Donation


Coming soon

Delivery Method

Online - New Zealand Nationwide
Online Virtual Meeting
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