Parenting and guardianship

Report

Report of the Inquiry into children affected by parental incarceration

Children affected by parental incarceration are the invisible victims of crime. This report highlights the experiences of children and adults who have had parents in prison, and contains insights from parents who spoke to the Committee from prison.
Report

Support for children of imprisoned parents in New South Wales

This inquiry was established to look into the possible impact on children of imprisoned parents in NSW, and the adequacy of policies and services to assist them. In particular, it examined what services are available, how effective they are, and whether improvements could be made.
Report

RECOVER – Reconnecting mothers and children after family violence: the child–parent psychotherapy pilot

This research aims to contribute to a better understanding of the service needs of women and children impacted by intimate partner violence (IPV), particularly the role of recovery interventions in buffering the long-term effects of IPV on families and developing children.
Report

Compliance with and enforcement of family law parenting orders: views of professionals and judicial officers

This report summarises the views of 343 professionals who work with separated parents and chose to complete an online survey, and 11 judicial officers who exercise family law jurisdiction and participated in one-on-one interviews. The survey instrument was designed to elicit views on a range...
Report

Starting better: a guarantee for young children and families

This report proposes a Guarantee for Young Children and Families – a new pillar of Australia’s social deal. The guarantee is based on evidence of what has the greatest impact and what will work best for Australian children and families. It combines universal services to...
Report

Parenting programs that support children's mental health through family separation

Evidence-based programs for separating families can provide practitioners in diverse sectors with information about 'what works'. This paper identifies the common elements of evidence-based parenting programs that support children's (aged 0-12 years) mental health through parental separation to inform the decisions practitioners make in their...
Position paper

Supporting young parents: addressing perinatal and youth mental health needs

Parenthood can be both a rewarding and challenging experience for new and expecting parents. During this time of transition, experiences of mental ill-health are common. This paper argues that stronger collaborative care and referral pathways are needed across perinatal and youth mental health systems to...
Report

Challenges of work, family and care for Australia’s retail, online retail, warehousing and fast food workers

This report provides information about the work, family and care arrangements of employees in Australia’s retail, fast food and warehousing industries.
Briefing paper

From consumer to partner: rethinking the parent/practitioner relationship

Early childhood provides a critical opportunity for early intervention and prevention, but barriers to accessing services prevent children and families – often those with the greatest need – from gaining their benefit. This policy brief focuses on the nature and importance of partnerships between parents...
Report

Dad days: how more gender-equal parental leave would improve the lives of Australian families

Paid parental leave should be substantially boosted for fathers and partners, to support men to be more engaged in the early years of their children’s lives, according to this Grattan Institute report.
Journal article

Parental strategies that support adults with intellectual disabilities to explore decision preferences, constraints and consequences

This study is part of a program of research about the experiences of receiving decision support by adults with cognitive disabilities and of supporters in giving support.
Report

Alcohol use among teens allowed to drink at home

This snapshot uses data from Growing Up in Australia: The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC) to answer three research questions.
Fact sheet

The digital parenting strategies and behaviours of New Zealand parents

This factsheet presents findings from a study looking at the strategies New Zealand parents, caregivers and whānau use to mediate their children’s experiences of online risk and harm.
Report

Pathways of Care Longitudinal Study: outcomes of children and young people in out-of-home care

This report is one of four analyses that were undertaken to examine the outcomes of children and young people (hereafter children) who exit out-of-home care (OOHC) to guardianship orders.
Working paper

The drivers of mothers’ parental leave decisions: evidence from the Growing Up in New Zealand longitudinal survey

In this paper, the authors compare mothers’ preferred leave, anticipated leave, and realised leave to shed light on how well different types of mothers are able to predict the parental leave they will take, and the factors that drive them to deviate from their plans.
Report

Factors influencing therapy use following a disclosure of child sexual abuse

This paper reports on the results of a rapid evidence review of research into factors influencing the utilisation of therapy for child sexual abuse.
Policy report

Enhancing work-life balance: a better system of Paid Parental Leave

This report discusses recommendations for Australia to move to a model of gender equality for child-rearing, to replace the current parental leave system.
Report

Transforming employment aspirations: results of the HIPPY tutors study

By enlisting and supporting parents as tutors, the Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters (HIPPY) creates a transitional labour market that helps these parents develop their goals and improve their job opportunities.
Report

Changing children’s trajectories: results of the HIPPY longitudinal study

This report provides an overview of a comprehensive study which investigated the impact of the Home Interaction Program for Parents and Youngsters (HIPPY).
Report

Safe and Together Addressing ComplexitY for Children (STACY for Children)

This report explores the common co-occurrence of domestic and family violence (DFV) when parents have challenges relating to mental health and the problematic use of alcohol and other drugs. The research project also found evidence that a coordinated approach is needed to address these complex...