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Presentations by AIFS staff are listed below with links to abstracts, the complete paper, or slides from powerpoint presentations, if available.

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HigginsD 8 April 2014
Making organisations child safe : messages from research and practical implementation strategies.
Paper presented at the NSW Family and Community Services (FaCS) Workshop on Child Safe Organisations, Sydney NSW

This workshop is aimed at managers and funding providers who understand how to assess how engaged an organisation is in the task of become "child safe", and how to work with agencies to assist them with reflective practice - identifying their particular risks, and looking at opportunities to mitigate risks, or manage them if they can't be reasonably avoided.

Higgins D 1 April 2014
Where's the child? Child-aware lessons from past policy and practice.
Paper presented at the 2nd Child Aware Approaches Conference, Melbourne Vic

Presented as part of the 'Learning from the past' symposium at the conference.

Higgins D31 March 2014
Services to enhance safe and supportive family environments for Australia's children.
Keynote address presented at the 2nd Child Aware Approaches Conference, Melbourne Vic

Dr Higgins will be presenting a Keynote address as part of the Child Aware Approaches Conference in Melbourne. This presentation will discuss data from the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC) that show three broad family environments.

Price-Robertson R31 March 2014
Child aware approaches - recognising and implementing child aware principles and practice.
Paper presented at the 2nd Child Aware Approaches Conference, Melbourne Vic

AIFS was commissioned by the Department of Social Services to produce a paper outlining some of the key principles of the Child Aware Approaches National Initiative and to showcase best practice examples. In this Conference presentation, the key components of the AIFS paper will be outlined. This will be followed by an interactive discussion and small group activities, where participants will have the opportunity to reflect on how Child Aware principles and practices may apply to their own settings. It is hoped that the information generated in this session can contribute to future Child Aware initiatives.

Quadara A27 March 2014
A new legal frontier - young people, new technologies and sexual violence.
Paper presented at the Victoria Police Sex Offenders Registry Asia Pacific Conference, Melbourne Vic

In this presentation, Dr Quadara will present findings from the AIFS Research Report No. 23 "The role of emerging communication technologies in experiences of sexual violence: A new legal frontier?"

Higgins D19 March 2014
Making your organisation child safe. (PDF )
Paper presented at the Aboriginal Child, Family and Community Care State Secretariat (AbSec) Bi-Annual Conference, Coffs Harbour NSW [previously presented at the ACWA Best Practice Forum]

Kaspiew R14 March 2014
What do children need from their Independent Children's Lawyer.
Paper presented at the NSW Legal Aid Professional Development Conference

Dr Kaspiew will be presenting findings from the Independent Children's Lawyers Study as part of a panel session.

Carson R13 March 2014
The whys and wherefores of children's matters with special emphasis on the ICL.
Guest lecture presented at the Monash University Law School 'Principles of Family Law' course

This presentation will discuss the role and efficacy of Independent Children's Lawyers in Australian family law proceedings. It will consider the development of the ICL role in case law, legislation and as reflected in the Guidelines for Independent Children's Lawyers (2007), before focusing primarily on the findings emerging from the recently released AIFS study entitled 'Independent Children's Lawyers Study - Final Report'.

Moore S12 March 2014
Research on independent children's lawyers.
Paper presented at the Albury Wodonga Family Law Pathways Network Conference, Albury NSW

Hayes A28 February 2014
Bouncing back : family strengths and community supports when 'stuff happens'!
Paper presented at the Sydney Anglican Diocese Mothers' Union Seminar 'When Stuff Happens - Helping Families through Difficult Times', Sydney NSW

The presentation will discuss dealing with difficulties in family life such as divorce, and the problems parents and families face when things don't turn out as they expected e.g a child with problems, be it a significant disability or behavioural problems and avenues for assistance.

Meredith V, Sibbel A, Washington P and Ashby N26 February 2014
The effects of fly-in fly-out (FIFO) workforce practices on families in Australia.
Paper presented at the Child Family Community Australia (CFCA) seminar series

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. This webinar will present findings from the CFCA paper Fly-in fly-out workforce practices in Australia: The effects on children and family relationships. Implications for research, policy and practice, FIFO families and mining organisations will be discussed by an expert panel.

Hayes A21 February 2014
Longitudinal insights into the power of parenting : from early childhood to the middle years and beyond.
Paper presented at the 16th Annual Helping Families Change Conference, Sydney NSW

This address draws on recent evidence from Australia's suite of longitudinal studies to cast light on the positive pathways most children take on the journey to adulthood. It also uses the longitudinal data to explore the factors that can place young people at risk of a range of problems and vulnerabilities. Most importantly, these longitudinal studies show the power of parenting and positive family functioning in influencing a range of developmental outcomes, across the lifespan. In parallel with the research base, Australia has a wide range of programs to support, strengthen and sustain families, including those that focus on promoting effective parenting practices. The address considers some examples of these initiatives. As such, the presentation squarely demonstrates how research can underpin both policy and practice in powerfully connected ways.

Thomas A20 February 2014
Removal of ATMs from electronic gaming machine venues in Victoria, Australia.
Paper presented at the 5th International Gambling Conference 'Gambling in a mobile era: Developments, Regulations and Responses', Auckland, New Zealand

This presentation reports on an evaluation of the removal of ATMs from Victorian gambling venues in 2012 as a harm minimisation and consumer protection measure. The study was undertaken by Swinburne University and Anna Thomas remains involved through her new role at AGRC. The report findings have already been discussed in the media.

Rintoul A20 February 2014
Reducing harm and improving consumer protection : a review of design features critical to the success of EGM pre-commitment technology.
Paper presented at the 5th International Gambling Conference 'Gambling in a mobile era: Developments, Regulations and Responses', Auckland, New Zealand

This presentation will synthesise key messages stemming from the work AGRC undertook for FaHCSIA/DSS on pre-commitment.

Vasiliadis S20 February 2014
Gen Y : gambling to cheer up and get high.
Paper presented at the 5th International Gambling Conference 'Gambling in a mobile era: Developments, Regulations and Responses', Auckland, New Zealand

This presentation will report findings of a survey of young adults in Melbourne, and discuss specific gambling motivations to be targeted in early and tertiary intervention strategies for this group. The findings are based on the PhD thesis by Sophie Vasiliadis at the University of Melbourne.

Kaspiew R18 February 2014
Independent Children's Lawyers : multiple perspectives on expectations and experience of practice.
Paper presented at the AIFS seminar series, Melbourne Vic

Independent Children's Lawyers (ICLs) are appointed in some family law matters to represent the best interests of children. Recent research by the Australian Institute of Family Studies has examined ICL practice on the basis of multiple perspectives from ICLs, judicial officers, other legal and non-legal professionals in the family law system and parents and children who have been involved in litigated matters with an ICL. The research shows that the ICL role has three important aspects: evidence gathering, litigation management and supporting children's participation. Different stakeholders place different levels of emphasis on the relative importance of each of these functions, with participation being least emphasised by family law system professionals. From the perspective of the children and parents involved in the research, current ICL practice in the area of supporting participation falls short of expectations. In this seminar, the lead researcher on the ICL Study, Dr Rae Kaspiew, will present an overview of the main findings of the project.