Joanne Commerford


Joanne Commerford joined the Institute in August 2013 as a Research Project Officer with the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LASC), and is now a Research Officer in the Child Family Community Australia (CFCA) information exchange.
Joanne assists in the research synthesis and production of CFCA publications and resources, which have a focus on protecting children, supporting families and strengthening communities.

Recently added resources


26 Sep 2017

This resource is intended to provide information on a set of principles that capture the essential core components of a high-quality playgroup.

Literature review

18 Oct 2016

The transition from adolescence to adulthood—emerging adulthood—is now recognised as a significant stage in the life cycle in developmental, emotional and social terms. Young people leaving out-of-home care (OOHC) face this transition to adulthood without family support and with significant extra barriers such as poor...


27 May 2016

This guide oulines legal provisions requiring specified people to report suspected abuse and neglect to government child protection services in Australia.

Mandatory reporting is a term used to describe the legislative requirement imposed on selected classes of people to report suspected cases of child...

Briefing paper

17 May 2016

This paper defines the types of supported playgroups and varying models of implementation in operation in Australia, and assesses the evaluation evidence for their benefits to parents and children.

Supported playgroups are playgroups run by a paid facilitator that aim to support families with...


14 Oct 2015

Children’s Contact Services (CCSs) are designed to provide a safe, supervised environment for children to spend time with the parent they do not live with, or to facilitate the transfer of children from one parent to another, in circumstances where parents are not able to...

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