Any plan to open up Family Courts to the press must guarantee anonymity for a range of participants, a lead-ing Midlands childcare charity has said.
However, Marian Osborne, Barnardo's assistant director for the Midlands, said the organisation had sympathy with calls for reform of some aspects of the court process.
She spoke out after the Government was last week urged to throw open family court proceedings to the press and public in an attempt to restore confidence in the system.
The Commons Constitutional Affairs Committee said that opening up the hearings would help dispel claims of bias by the courts, which deal with issues such as the custody of children when their parents divorce.
Family court hearings are normally held in camera in order to protect the privacy of those involved in the proceedings.
But after high-profile campaigns by groups such as Fathers4Justice attacking the way the courts operate, Ministers have acknowledged that there is a need for greater openness.
However Ms Osborne said: "Although we are sympathetic to the position of some parents and acknowledge that there may be scope for improved advocacy and complaints systems; we feel any change to the family court proceedings and access would need very careful consideration.
"For instance, it is not only absolutely paramount that a child's identity be kept confidential but that the parents and or adoptive parents or guardian's identity also remain confidential to protect the child."
A lot more information and detail was needed about how the proposed change would work, and to guarantee that any change would be made in the best interests of the child.
She said there were 50 Barnardo's community based projects in the Midlands, supporting children and families experiencing problems including abuse, disability, life limiting illness, sexual exploitation as well as providing fostering, adoption and family centre services.
Five Ways-based Relate, which last year offered counselling and advice to more than 100 couples facing family
breakdown, largely echoed Barnardo's.
Centre manager Ruth Levesley said: "The proposals are at a very early stage and the issues are complex.
"However, the one overriding factor if they do open up hearings to the press is to ensure that the needs of the children and their confidentiality are at the top of the agenda."
The constitutional affairs committee has welcomed the Government's willingness to consult on the issue - with the Department for Constitutional Affairs expected to publish a consultation paper before MPs break for the summer next month.
The committee stressed that there would have to be appropriate restrictions on what the press could report, and that judges should still have the powers to exclude the public in order to protect the children involved.
"An obvious move to improve transparency in the family court would be to allow the press and public into the family court under appropriate reporting restrictions, subject to the judge's discretion to exclude the public," the committee said.
Committee chairman Alan Beith added: "If a case must go to court, though, it would go a long way towards dispelling accusations of bias and restoring public confidence in the system if the process was open - with the necessary reporting restrictions in place to protect the child".
The committee's report was also welcomed by Constitutional Affairs Minister Harriet Harman. "It is important that a system which affects so many is properly understood and commands public confidence," she said.
The committee also called for the the greater use of mediation in divorce or separation proceedings.
A pilot project was judged a failure after only 62 couples opted to use a mediator, when the organisers were hoping for at least 1,000.