Speaking for Themselves
A Pilot Program Balancing Children’s Rights and Best Interests in High-Conflict Families
From: Children and the Law
Exposition of an Alberta program designed to respond to and ameliorate harm to children whose parents engaged in domestic conflict.
Dale Hensley, QC, is a founding member and executive director of the Children’s Legal & Educational Resource Centre (CLERC) in Calgary, Alberta. CLERC provides legal advice, information, education, and representation to children and youth in civil law matters and was incorporated in 2002. Dale has worked with young people confronting civil law issues for twenty years.
Jean Dunbar is the associate director of Intervention Services at the YWCA of Calgary and oversees upwards of fifteen domestic violence intervention programs with 200 clinical staff, which include a women’s emergency shelter, visitation programming, and treatment programs for men, women, and children. She has worked in the domestic violence field for over seventeen years in both group settings and individual play therapy with children and families exposed to domestic violence.