Welcome to Voices in the Middle
The end of a relationship and the breakdown of a family unit can be an extremely traumatic and difficult time for all concerned. At Burnett Barker Solicitors our Family Law team specialise in resolving issues relating to children, property or finances.
Led by family law specialist Joanne Matthews, our team are experts in dealing with tricky situations in a constructive, non-confrontational approach.
We are strong supporters of the Voices in the Middle campaign because we believe in ensuring that everyone’s perspective is listened to during even the most difficult of situations.
Resolution interviewed 500 children and young people, and only 19% said that they felt that they had a voice.
This figure simply isn’t good enough.
We need to work harder than ever before to ensure that children and young people are appropriately involved in situations which directly affect them.
This is why we are excited to be involved in such an innovative campaign. It’s not just about our work with families; it’s giving us the opportunity to share ideas and learn from our peers.
Together we can collectively minimise the impact of divorce and separation on younger generations
For more information about Burnett Barker Solicitors and how we work, visit burnettbarker.co.uk or pick up the phone and call us on 01284 701131
Voices in the Middle is a safe place where young people aged 13 to 19 years old, who are in the middle of their parents splitting up, can find a place to share their voice, read helpful and age-appropriate content plus connect with support designed just for them.
See below to find out what Voices in the Middle has for yourself and your children during this time.
Then, please share this link with your children so they can access the free support that we have made possible: https://www.voicesinthemiddle.com
Talk to Someone
Online forums, helplines and apps for young people, with support from our partners, The Mix.
Share Your Story
Read the stories of young people who have been through divorce and separation including their advice for parents and other young people.
London Family Solicitor are proud to support Voices in the Middle as a much needed resource for children going through parental separation and divorce.
What support is available?
Your children can find content on what happens when parents split up, who is involved and who they can talk to. They can also read about feelings they may be going through and how to have their voice heard.
We also encourage young people to ‘talk to someone’ and have discussion boards, group chats, a freephone helpine, SMS messaging and webchat counselling available for them. These are run by our service partner, The Mix, who are one of the largest support services for young people in the UK.
Who runs Voices in the Middle?
Voices in the Middle is a collaboration between young people, the family law & mediation sector and The Family Initiative charity.
Our team has decades of experience working with children, young people and families going through divorce & separation. You can find out more here.
Is this site safe for my child to use?
The Family Initiative charity has a responsibility to promote the welfare of all children and young people and to keep them safe. We are committed to safeguard children and young people in our work through Voices in the Middle. This includes:
- providing all staff and volunteers with training on the overarching principles that guide our approach to safeguarding and child protection.
- appointing a Designated Safeguarding Officer (DSO) for children and young people and a lead trustee board member for safeguarding.
- providing effective management for staff and volunteers through supervision, support, training and quality assurance measures.
- ensuring that we provide a safe environment for our children, young people, staff and volunteers, including effective e-safety measures (such as checking of every piece of content generated by users, by a real person) in addition to measures in accordance with the law and regulatory guidance.
Will you ask my child for their personal details?
Voices in the Middle does not ask children or young people for their personal details.
Our guidance to young people when submitting content to the website can be found here: https://www.voicesinthemiddle.com/submission-rules/
If any content submitted by young people to the website contains personal details, these are immediately and permanently deleted (before it is published / live).