March 4, 2014 • Leave a comment
Written by East Gippsland Service Access Working Group1
The East Gippsland Early Years Committee – Service Access Working Group recently launched the ‘Practical Guidelines to Improve Service Accessibility for Families’. The guidelines were developed in recognition that some families don’t access services for a range of reasons, and it is often the way in which services are delivered that makes a difference to how accessible they are.
A number of individual circumstances can create barriers to accessing support through services…
February 26, 2014 • 18 comments
This webinar presented findings from the paper Fly-in fly-out workforce practices in Australia: The effects on children and family relationships. Implications for policy and practice, research, FIFO families and mining organisations were discussed by an expert panel, including:
- Veronica Meredith, Research Officer at the Australian Institute of Family Studies;
- Anne Sibbel, Community Psychologist, researcher and former FIFO wife;
- Paula Washington, Family Relationship Services Manager at Centacare North Queensland;
- Nicole Ashby, Founder and Director at FIFO Families; and
- Emmanuel Hondros, Manager, People Strategies, Chamber of Minerals and Energy of Western Australia.
This forum can be used to post questions or comments, and to engage in discussion of the issues raised during the webinar. Follow-up questions will be answered by our panelists – please submit questions in the comments field below…
February 21, 2014 • Leave a comment
Written by Rae Kaspiew, Rachel Carson, Sharnee Moore, John De Maio, Julie Deblaquiere and Briony Horsfall
In some family law matters, courts ask for the assistance of a specially trained lawyer – known as an Independent Children’s Lawyer (ICL) – to help resolve disputes involving children and to represent the child’s best interests.
Recent research by the Australian Institute of Family Studies draws on data from ICLs, family law system professionals and parents and children to understand the role of ICLs in the family law system and what it’s like for parents and children to be involved in a case where an ICL has been appointed…
February 19, 2014 • Leave a comment
A limited but growing amount of Australian research into fly-in fly-out (FIFO) work practices tentatively suggests that a FIFO lifestyle can have positive, negative or few effects on children and on family relationships, depending on the circumstances.
Effects vary according to a range of contextual factors, such as workplace cultures, rosters and recruitment practices, as well as community and home environments, and individual characteristics…
February 18, 2014 • Leave a comment
Every parent faces the decision to leave his or her child home alone for the first time. For a mature and prepared child, being trusted to stay home alone can be a positive experience, one that fosters independence and a sense of responsibility.
Parents may feel under some pressure to make decisions at times about how old is old enough to stay home alone. These decisions may come about for reasons such as limited annual leave, peer pressure, other parents’ actions, cultural or financial reasons. Calls to kids and parent help lines, however, indicate that some children can feel anxious and lonely, and parents can be filled with worry and guilt, if the move is made too soon…
February 11, 2014 • Leave a comment
February 11 marks Safer Internet Day 2014 – an international awareness event coordinated by Insafe, the European network for Internet safety, and supported by Cybersmart in Australia.
This year’s theme - ‘Let’s create a better internet together’ - is being used to promote positive digital citizenship across Australian communities.
A variety of engaging and informative activities and resources are available online to help teachers, families and libraries take part in this year’s Safer Internet Day…
February 5, 2014 • 2 comments
Written by Louisa Smith1
There is a lot of emphasis on transition experiences of people with disabilities, particularly people with intellectual disabilities transitioning to work.
But despite adjustments to policy and legislation on transition programmes and the development of resources, our research suggests there are still significant opportunities for improving the transition experience from school to post school options for young people with intellectual disabilities…
February 3, 2014 • Leave a comment
Written by Robyn Seth-Purdie1 and Nicholas Biddle2
The science of early child development tells us how important it is to provide an environment that promotes healthy development during the first years of life. This is a time when the foundations for lifelong health, learning, earning and positive social interactions are established.
Exposure to intense, prolonged stress that is attributable to abuse or neglect in early childhood can have lasting physiological and behavioural consequences. Conditions that compromise development and make poor outcomes more likely can be labelled “risk factors”. The cumulative effect of exposure to risk factors is then a child’s “risk burden”…
January 28, 2014 • 2 comments
Child abuse and neglect is a social and public health problem, as well as a children’s rights issue in Australia.
Abuse and neglect can lead to a wide range of adverse consequences for children and young people. This paper provides an overview of the possible effects of child abuse and neglect and explores whether different types of maltreatment are associated with specific adverse consequences in childhood and adolescence.
Types of abuse and neglect…
January 28, 2014 • Leave a comment
Written by Teresa Hinton1
New research from Anglicare Tasmania’s Social Action and Research Centre documents the often heart-wrenching experiences of parents struggling to find information and support within an under-resourced Child Protection system.
The research involved talking to 47 parents in the child protection system in Tasmania, 140 staff in non-government organisations (NGOs) working to support them, 16 child protection workers and five lawyers about how the service system could be improved to better assist families to parent their children…