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YOUNG PEOPLE’S LIVED EXPERIENCE WITHIN THE FAMILY LAW SYSTEM The Young People’s Family Law Advisory Group is a new project which gave young people who have experienced family breakdown an opportunity to share their experiences of the family law system, as well as giving participants an opportunity to develop life skills. The South Australian Family Law Pathways Network (SAFLPN) assists professionals to help separated or separating families with access to information, services and resources. As part of providing further assistance to professionals and the family law system, SAFLPN developed a pilot project called the Young People’s Family Law Advisory Group (YPFLAG) which supported a selected group of young people with experience of family breakdown to share their stories about interactions with the family law system. The first project of its kind in Australia, its main objectives are to: 1. 42 Obtain a comprehensive array of information from participants about a variety of issues concerning their experiences of all facets of the family law system; Relationships Australia SA Annual Report 2016 -2017 2. Prepare an evaluation about these findings; 3. Assist participants in skill building, such as running a meeting, taking notes/minutes and other similar life skills. The YPFLAG has provided interesting insights about young people’s lived experience of their encounters with the family law system and the ramifications of living with those outcomes. The pilot project final report is expected to be released in February 2018. SAFLPN is seeking funding to be continue this work. Funding acknowledgement The Broadley Trust provided a grant that allowed the Young People’s Family Law Advisory Group (YPFLAG) pilot project to proceed. The Family Law Pathways Network is funded by the Australian Attorney- General’s Department. The South Australian Family Law Pathways Network (SAFLPN) is auspiced by Relationships Australia SA. YPFLAG Young Peoples Family Law Advisory Group