Inventory of Government-Based Family Justice Services

Children's Voices (Saskatchewan)

Province/Territory
Saskatchewan

Type of service
Family Court Services

Services offered
“Children’s Voices” is an assessment focussing on the child’s perspective in separation and divorce. Children’s Voices reports are only available by court order. Once the court orders an assessment, a social worker interviews the child and prepares a written report expressing the child’s views for the court.

The children who are interviewed for Children’s Voices reports are at least 12 years old. As this type of report is quite specific, it is usually completed in a short period of time, which is beneficial for both the families involved and the courts.

Pilot or ongoing service
Ongoing service

Department responsible
Ministry of Justice

How to access this service
Children’s Voices reports are only available by court order.

Location(s)
All Queen's Bench judicial centres, which include Battleford, Estevan, Melfort, Moose Jaw, Prince Albert, Regina, Saskatoon, Swift Current, Weyburn, and Yorkton.
[ Service(s) offered ]

Language(s)
English. Other languages as required.

Publications/information
A pamphlet generally describing Custody and Access Assessments, and providing contact information, is available in all Queens Bench court houses in the province.
There is no publication specifically about Children’s Voices reports.

Costs
No charge

Governing legislation/legislative authority
The authority for a court to order any type of custody and access assessment is found in s. 97 of the Queen’s Bench Act, 1998. See: http://www.publications.gov.sk.ca/details.cfm?p=807

Contact person(s)
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