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Summary: It is commonly stated that there is a need for flexible child care to be available to parents especially for those who work variable or non-standard hours, given the 24/7 nature of today's labour market. But Australian and international research shows that parents'...
Outlines the different approaches used to assess whether children are at risk of maltreatment and explores some of the issues and criticisms surrounding the use of standardised risk assessment instruments in child protection.
Summary The purpose of this Resource Sheet is to outline...
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...
This paper provides a summary of the key findings from this evaluation into meeting the needs of parents who work non-standard or variable work hours and who may have difficulties finding child care that supports such work hours.
Given the importance of child care...
The Australian Institute of Family Studies was commissioned by the Department of Education and Training to undertake an evaluation of the Australian Government’s Child Care Flexibility Trials, which took place between 2013 and 2014. This publication summarises the key findings from that...
Presents information about the types of child care used by children in Australia, highlighting how arrangements change as children grow, and how they vary for families of different characteristics.
Summary Child care and early childhood education hold a key place in the wellbeing...
The birth of a child changes little for Australian fathers’ working lives, according to recent analysis of employment trends in the past few decades by the Australian Institute of Family Studies.
This is an assessment, case-planning and review system designed in the UK to promote positive development outcomes among children and young people who are required to live away from their families of origin. In this report Sarah Wise provides an overview of the system and...
Presents a review of government initiatives that help families balance their work and family responsibilities, highlighting innovative ideas and including a discussion of international trends and themes.
This AIFS Research Report presents a review of government initiatives that help families balance...
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...