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MoloneyL and Deblaquiere J31 July 2014
AIFS family lawyer surveys and evaluations of the 'Better Partnerships' and 'Coordinated Family Dispute Resolution' initiatives : the spirit is willing but challenges remain.
Paper presented at the 13th Australian Institute of Family Studies Conference, Melbourne Vic

AIFS surveys of family lawyers conducted in 2006 and 2008 found that less than a third of respondents expressed confidence in Family Relationship Centres' (FRCs) capacity to integrate themselves into the family law system. In the 2008 survey, just over half the respondents reported that they never referred clients to community-based mediators. These findings stand in considerable contrast to the largely positive experiences arising out of an initiative begun in late 2009, in which legal services entered into formal partnerships with FRCs. The AIFS' evaluation of this program found that though most partners recognised the need to continue to work through the practice differences associated with different professional training and cultural traditions, high or very high levels of collaboration and considerable enthusiasm for the project were also reported. The Coordinated Family Dispute Resolution (CFDR) pilot program, also evaluated by AIFS, ran from late 2010 until April 2013. This program delivered a carefully managed series of interventions aimed at assisting with post-separation parenting arrangements where family violence had occurred and/or was occurring. It typically involved two case manager/family dispute resolution practitioners, specialist support professionals and legal advisors for each party, a child consultant and the possibility of child-inclusive interventions. In this presentation, we summarise key data from the above surveys and evaluations. We suggest that, taken together, the lawyer surveys and "better partnerships" evaluation signal a positive development in inter-professional attitudes, while the CFDR evaluation articulates important service delivery challenges associated with inter-professional cooperation in complex family law parenting cases.

De Maio J, Kaspiew R, Smart D, Dunstan J and Moore S31 July 2014
Disclosure of family violence and parents' attitudes to the family law system.
Paper presented at the 13th Australian Institute of Family Studies Conference, Melbourne Vic

This paper presents findings from the Australian Institute of Family Studies' "Survey of Recently Separated Parents" - a large-scale, near-national representative study of recently separated parents undertaken in 2012. The study examined parents' experiences of the family law system, with a particular focus on experiences of domestic and family violence. This paper considers parents' experiences of professional behaviour and practice in relation to family violence and safety concerns. The research confirms the experience of family violence is common among separated families and indicates that a sizable minority of parents who experience family violence before or during separation do not disclose these experiences to police or other services. Importantly, there are a number of factors influencing whether a parent will disclose family violence, including the timing of their experiences and whether they have safety concerns for their child. Furthermore, the service "pathway" a parent takes during and after separation impacts on whether they disclose family violence, particularly regarding negotiations for parenting arrangements. The research suggests professional behaviour and practice in relation to eliciting disclosures is uneven. Professionals commonly respond to disclosures by referring the parent to another service. In a substantial minority of cases parents report "nothing happened" in response to their disclosure. The research shows parents have mixed views and considerable uncertainty about the family law system's effectiveness in dealing with family violence issues. This presentation provides important insights about professional practice concerning disclosures of family violence, and parents' perceptions of the family law system's effectiveness in responding to safety concerns.

Baxter J31 July 2014
Australian mothers employment trends and transitions.
Paper presented at the 13th Australian Institute of Family Studies Conference, Melbourne Vic

In Australia, as in many countries around the world, there is ongoing interest in the extent to which mothers participate in paid work, the nature of their paid work and the implication of this work for them and their families. Recent analyses of Australian Census data show that, among families with children aged under 18 years old, the proportion of mothers who were employed increased from 55 per cent in 1991 to 59 per cent in 2001 and then to 65 per cent in 2011. Not surprisingly, employment rates for mothers over this period remain lower when children are younger, reflecting that many mothers withdraw from paid work when they have young children but then return to work as their children grow older. This presentation highlights these trends, along with trends in mothers' working hours, and some more detailed analyses of employment trends and transitions for mothers of children of different ages and different characteristics. Some new analysis of mothers' return to work following childbearing is also presented.

Smart D and Stephens L31 July 2014
Wellbeing of children and young people in the first years of out of home care.
Paper presented at the 13th Australian Institute of Family Studies Conference, Melbourne Vic

Ensuring positive outcomes for children and young people who are unable to be raised by their parents is a fundamental aim of the out-of-home care (OOHC) system. By following the progress of children over time after their entry into care, the Pathways of Care Longitudinal Study (PoCLS) will help us learn more about the factors that promote or impede positive outcomes. An important first step is the measurement of children's development on entry to OOHC so that we have a baseline to test if children's development in OOHC improves, stays the same or declines. This paper reports on the wellbeing of children in the first years of care using direct assessments of cognitive and language capacities, and caregivers' and children's reports of physical health and socio-emotional behaviour. The paper provides an overview of children's general physical health and the presence of health conditions or disabilities. Rates of significant behaviour problems among PoCLS children aged 12 months and older will be reported and compared to the general population. Finally, the extent to which children are meeting developmental milestones is reported, including their language development and non-verbal intelligence. This baseline data gives a good indication of how children are faring in terms of development and wellbeing on entry to care for the first time in their lives. Later waves of the study are needed to determine the factors that facilitate improved outcomes for these children.

Higgins D, De Maio J and Smart D31 July 2014
Relationships of children in out-of-home care with their caregiving family and peers.
Paper presented at the 13th Australian Institute of Family Studies Conference, Melbourne Vic

Establishing close, supportive relationships with caregiving families and peers is an important contributor to placement stability for children in out-of-home care and a crucial influence on their happiness and wellbeing. This paper describes carers' and children's perceptions of their relationships with each other as well as relationships with peers in the first years of being in out-of-home care. This information is derived from the reports of 1282 carers and 337 children and young people aged seven years and older who provided relevant information during the first wave of Pathways of Care Longitudinal Study (PoCLS). The paper examines carers' perceptions of how well children have settled into the placement; the children's current progress; and the closeness of their relationship with the child. Children's reports of their relationships with carers will also be examined, for example how often caregivers help them when they have problems, if they feel listened to and are praised when they have done something well. Carers' views about children's close friends and their capacity to get on well with other children have also been collected in the PoCLS and will be reported. In summary, the paper focuses on children's social relationships with their caregiving family and peers, as such relationships may play a key factor in influencing children and young people's long-term outcomes.

Kaspiew R and Carson R30 July 2014
Family violence, child abuse and the practices of Independent Children's Lawyers.
Paper presented at the 13th Australian Institute of Family Studies Conference, Melbourne Vic

Matters involving concerns about family violence and child safety make up most of the case-load of Independent Children's Lawyers (ICL) who are appointed in some family law matters to represent the best interests of children. Recent research examining the role and efficacy of ICLs has highlighted considerable variation in approach among ICLs in relation to having direct contact with children in matters where these concerns are at issue. Some ICLs are reticent to talk to children in such matters for a range of reasons, including a desire to avoid burdening children through over-exposing them to professionals. Other ICLs adopt a contrasting approach, involving a potentially substantial level of contact with children even in these circumstances. This presentation will examine the views and experiences of key stakeholders - including children who were interviewed for the research - in relation to this critically important, yet contested, area of ICL practice. The research is based on data collected from judges, ICLs, non-ICL legal practitioners and non-legal family law practitioners and parents and children who had been in a matter involving an ICL.

Edwards B and Daraganova G30 July 2014
The OECD Education and Social Progress Project (ESP), an international comparative study of the role of non-cognitive skills on social progress into adulthood.
Paper presented at the 13th Australian Institute of Family Studies Conference, Melbourne Vic

The ESP project aims to identify learning contexts associated with the development of cognitive and non-cognitive skills and the role of skills in the development health, income and employment, crime and volunteering. Non-cognitive skills are important for two reasons: (1) they have been found to have as powerful influences on adult incomes as IQ; and (2) are more malleable than cognitive skills in middle childhood and adolescence and therefore there are more amenable to intervention. In this paper we focus on the results for Australia from analyses of data from children in the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC) aged 4-5 to 12-13 years and from the Australian Temperament Project aged 7 to 23 years. There are a number of unique features of the paper. (1) We apply non-parametric dynamic latent variable models specifically developed for this project. (2) Rather than examine non-cognitive skills in aggregate - a limitation of the literature to date - we focus on three measures of temperament that are measured in the same manner in both studies - persistence, reactivity and sociability. (3) We examine depression and obesity in both studies. (4) We use unique features of the studies, for LSAC we use the rich data on family and learning contexts to understand how temperament and cognitive skills are influenced, while for the ATP we can examine university completion. In combination, the paper sheds new light on how families and learning contexts shape skill development and outcomes into emerging adulthood.

Rintoul A and Thomas A30 July 2014
Understanding the impacts of gambling : the need for better surveillance, reporting and responses to improve public health.
Paper presented at the 13th Australian Institute of Family Studies Conference, Melbourne Vic

The promotion and accessibility of gambling products has increased in recent years. A substantial minority of the Australian population experience gambling problems. This can have severe consequences for gamblers, their families and society. Gambling problems cause poor mental and physical health and may co-occur with substance use, depression and anxiety. Problematic gambling may lead to reduced work productivity or job loss, relationship dysfunction, theft, fraud, bankruptcy and loss of housing. Only a minority of people with gambling problems ever seek formal treatment for gambling, and health and other service providers are not always aware of the role that gambling may play in compounding or causing other problems. Gamblers and those affected by gambling - including spouses, children and friends - come into contact with a range of health, social, financial, police and criminal justice services as a result of gambling problems. Yet the role and impacts of gambling are poorly understood and documented in these settings. This may be because the workforce is not trained to identify and respond to the challenges of gambling, or because surveillance and reporting systems are not designed to capture these gambling-related harms. Efforts should be made to systematically identify and report the impacts gambling to improve our understanding of the links between gambling, health and wellbeing. This will assist in designing healthy public policy to better support gamblers and their families as well as develop strategies to prevent gambling-related harm.

Edwards B, Forrest W and Harvey J30 July 2014
The Transition and Wellbeing Family Study : investigating the social, physical, and emotional health of family members of men and women who have recently transitioned out of the Australian Defence Forces (ADF).
Paper presented at the 13th Australian Institute of Family Studies Conference, Melbourne Vic

Although there has been a great deal of research investigating the welfare of veterans in Australia, much less is known about the social, physical, and emotional health of their families. There is growing evidence, however, that military service can have both long-term effects on the partners and children of service personnel after leaving the military. In turn, the social and emotional health of family members can have important implications for the health and welfare of veterans. The Transition and Wellbeing Family Study (TWFS) is a new research project that aims to address this gap by investigating the wellbeing of family members of men and women who have recently transitioned out of the Australian Defence Forces (ADF). Part of the Transition and Wellbeing Research Program (TWFP), the project is being funded by the Department of Veterans' Affairs and is being managed by the Australian Institute of Family Studies . It is based on an online survey of approximately 30,000 family members of ex-ADF personnel who will be surveyed as part of the Transition and Wellbeing Program. In this presentation, we describe the aims and objectives of the TWFP, briefly review the results of Australian and international research on the social, physical, and emotional health of military and veteran families, and discuss key aspects of the survey methodology, including its online administration, key concepts and measures, potential sources of data linkage, and possible ways of limiting the effects of sample selectivity.

Thomas A, Saugeres L and Moore S30 July 2014
The importance of where you come from : exploring the impact of early life experiences on later gambling behaviour.
Paper presented at the 13th Australian Institute of Family Studies Conference, Melbourne Vic

Exposure to gambling is common in early life, through birthday gifts, watching "the race that stops a nation", family card games or inclusion in regular gambling occasions. It has been argued that early life experiences including early exposure to gambling and negative childhood experiences can leave people vulnerable to later gambling harm. However, there is still limited understanding about how and when these early experiences put someone at risk. Qualitative analysis of life history interviews with 48 gamblers in metropolitan and rural Victoria were used to explore the connections between early family experiences and later gambling. Findings showed the vast majority of regular gamblers had been exposed to gambling within their family as children. Results demonstrated the importance of the context of the exposure in influencing later behaviour. Participants assessed as being at low risk of gambling harm discussed family modeling of responsible gambling in early exposure experiences. In contrast, several gamblers classified as being at moderate-high risk reported problematic gambling within their family of origin. Further, most problem and moderate-risk gamblers had experienced negative early family experiences (conflicts, lack of encouragement/support, negativity, emotional distance, lack of communication, abuse). In line with theoretical modeling, early family dysfunction had impacted significantly on the participants' lives as adults and this, together with modeling of excessive gambling had contributed to various maladaptive behaviours including excessive gambling.

Warren D30 July 2014
Retirement decisions of couples : the impact of spousal characteristics and preferences on the timing of retirement.
Paper presented at the 13th Australian Institute of Family Studies Conference, Melbourne Vic

This paper provides new evidence of coordination of retirement by mature age couples in Australia. Two complementary estimation approaches are used to highlight the importance of taking the household decision-making context into account when modeling the retirement behaviour of partnered men and women. First, a single risk hazard model provides insights into the influences of a spouse's characteristics on the retirement decision of the individual. Second, a competing-risks framework is used to examine the retirement behaviour of couples exiting from a situation in which both are in paid employment. There is strong evidence of coordination of retirement by mature age couples in Australia due to complementarities in leisure and, for women, because of caring responsibilities. In particular, the results suggest that women may delay their own retirement if their partner has a financial incentive to continue in the labour force; or retire early to care for a partner who is in poor health.

Lodge J and Baxter J30 July 2014
Under-reporting or unaware? Parent and teacher reports of children's bullying experiences.
Paper presented at the 13th Australian Institute of Family Studies Conference, Melbourne Vic

One feature of bullying is that it often occurs during times when children are not being closely supervised by adults. As such, parents and teachers may not always be aware that a child has been a victim of bullying behaviours. This paper explores to what extent parents and teacher are aware of bullying, using data drawn from the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (Wave 4). These four waves of longitudinal data allow us to measure whether, according to parents and teachers, children were persistently bullied or picked on from age 4-5 years through to age 10-11 years. There were discrepancies between both parent and teacher reports of bullying and child reports of unfriendly behaviours (pushing, showing, hitting; name-calling or insulting; social exclusion; and note-writing). The findings suggest that for a significant number of children who reported experiencing unfriendly behaviours, their parents and teachers may either not be aware that they had experienced these behaviours, or if they were aware, may not have considered those actions to be bullying behaviours. There is some variation in findings for children reporting many different kinds of unfriendly behaviours, suggesting that when children are bullied in multiple ways, the outcomes may be more apparent to parents and teachers, perhaps because children are more likely to talk to adults about these experiences. The importance of providing both teacher training and parent information to help children deal with these situations is fundamental to efforts to reduce school bullying.

Smart D, De Maio J, Silbert M and Jenkinson R30 July 2014
Insights from the building a new life in Australia study : cohort overview and preliminary findings.
Paper presented at the 13th Australian Institute of Family Studies Conference, Melbourne Vic

The Building a New Life in Australia study is a 5-year longitudinal research project that aims to provide a broad evidence base to assist policy development and program improvement, and improve understanding of the factors that influence humanitarian migrant settlement outcomes. The first wave of data collection was conducted during October 2013 - March 2014 with the recruitment of approximately 1,500 individuals or families who had been granted permanent visas through Australia's "offshore" (refugee) and "onshore" (asylum seeker) humanitarian programs. A number of migration pathways are being investigated. In the offshore group, migrants with a 200 (Refugee), 202 (Special Humanitarian Program) and 204 (women-at-risk) visa sub-classes were all eligible for the study. Humanitarian migrants holding an 866 visa (onshore group) also participated in the study. Participants were recruited from 11 sites around Australia (including capital cities and regional areas) and came from a diverse range of national and cultural backgrounds. A range of key domains are being investigated, including family composition and characteristics, housing arrangements, English language proficiency and training, educational background and engagement in study, employment and income, pre-migration experiences, physical and mental health, self-sufficiency, community engagement and support, life satisfaction, and perspectives on life in Australia. This paper highlights key findings from Wave 1 from these key domains.

Kaspiew R and Humphreys C24 July 2014
Family violence, separated parents and fathering : empirical insights and intervention challenges.
Paper presented at the Knowledge Circle webinar series, Child Family Community Australia (CFCA) seminar series

This webinar will highlight findings and discuss the implications of recent research projects into family violence and fathering. Dr Rae Kaspiew will discuss the Survey of Recently Separated Parents 2012, which aimed to identify opportunities for improving support for children and their families after separation. In particular, detailed insights into the extent, severity, impact and disclosure of family violence will be explored. Professor Cathy Humphreys will describe a recently funded ARC project into family violence and fathering programs. The state of knowledge around family violence and fathering programs will be discussed, as will the challenges involved when the issue of men's relationships with children are raised in the context of family violence.

Scott D22 July 2014
Child abuse and neglect : the public health perspective.
Invited paper presented at the Master of Public Health course, Child Public Health Elective, Murdoch Children's Research Institute, Melbourne Vic

Baxter J14 July 2014
Mothers' jobs and spillover : which families are struggling more?
Paper presented at the Relationships and Stress Mini-Conference, held at Deakin University, Melbourne Vic

This presentation will present findings from DSS Occasional Paper No. 50, 'Employment characteristics and transitions of mothers in the Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC)', which was published in December 2013.

Meredith V25 June 2014
Family factors in early school leaving.
Paper presented at the Barwon South Family Law Pathways Network, Colac Vic

This paper touches on school engagement by parents in the context of separation and divorce, an area of particular interest to practitioners in this sector.

Baxter J and Strazdins L21 June 2014
Which children think their fathers work too much? Cross sectional and longitudinal analysis of employment and family characteristics linked with Australian boys' and girls' reports of their fathers' jobs.
Paper presented at the 2nd Work and Family Researchers Network Conference, New York, USA

Baxter J and Gray M20 June 2014
Employment without childcare : mothers' double burden or father involvement?
Paper presented at the Work and Family Researchers Network Conference, New York, USA

Baxter J11 June 2014
AIFS' experience (to date) in using the ACLD.
Australian Census Longitudinal Dataset (ACLD) Technical Workshop, held at the Australian Bureau of Statistics, Melbourne Vic

In this workshop, Dr Baxter will discuss the AIFS experience in using the Australian Census Longitudinal Dataset.

Gray M, De Vaus D, Qu L and Stanton D 4 June 2014
Single motherhood, paid employment and the social security system.
Paper presented at the Foundation for International Studies on Social Security Conference, Sigtuna, Sweden

Carson R28 May 2014
Independent Children's Lawyers Study : the research and the report.
Paper presented to the Northern Family Law Pathways Network, Launceston, Tas.

This presentation will present findings from the Independent Children's Lawyer study.

Thomas A27 May 2014
Visible indicators of problem gambling in EGM venues.
Paper presented as part of Responsible Gambling Awareness Week, Keysborough Vic

This presentation is based on research conducted when Dr Thomas was at Swinburne. The research validates a behavioral checklist, which has been designed to assist gaming venue workers to identify people who may be experiencing gambling problems from visible behaviors (e.g. spending extended periods gambling, becoming visibly distressed, lack of interaction with other people).

Kaspiew R27 May 2014
Independent Children's Lawyers : all things to all people?
Paper presented to the Children and Youth Issues Committee, Law Institute of Victoria

This presentation will present findings from the Independent Children's Lawyer study.

Hayes A26 May 2014
Changing gambling environments : from awareness to collective responsibility and coordinated action.
Paper presented at the launch of Responsible Gambling Awareness Week (RGAW), 26 May-1 June 2014, auspiced by the Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation, Melbourne Vic

Alan Hayes is one of the speakers at the launch of Responsible Gambling Week. His presentation will discuss the need for research on the impacts of gambling on families and the wider community, noting that the Australian Gambling Research Centre (AGRC) within the Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) places research priority on understanding the pathways to responsible gambling and gambling problems with a particular focus on families. Other speakers at the launch include the Hon Edward O'Donohue, Victorian Minister for Liquor and gaming Regulation, Mr Serge Sardo CEO Victorian Responsible Gambling Foundation, Associate Professor Paul Delfabbro, University of Adelaide and Mr Joel Zyngier, Senior Associate, Accredited Specialist Workplace Relations, Holding Redlich.

Hayes A23 May 2014
Beyond single generation solutions : prevention and early intervention in life course perspective.
Paper presented at the Families Australia Policy Forum, Brisbane Qld

The presentation will discuss family transitions and AIFS research in this area.

Hayes A23 May 2014
Beyond individuals to families (and communities) in context.
Paper presented at the Families Australia Board Meeting, Brisbane Qld

The presentation will discuss family transitions and AIFS research in this area.

Scott D 6 May 2014
Meeting children's needs when the family environment isn't always "good enough" - a systems approach.
Paper presented at the Integrated Practice Seminar Series IV, produced by the Greater Shepparton Best Start Project, Berry Street and FamilyCare, Shepparton Vic

This series aims to consolidate the theory and practice of family centred practice and promote strong interagency relationships and networks for workers, to achieve better outcomes for children and their families.

Hayes A May 2014
The Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) : an overview of its origins, organisation, current research and dissemination activities.
Paper presented at the Federal Circuit Court of Australia Annual Conference, Melbourne Vic

Kenny P30 April 2014
Adoption in Australia : past practice, impacts and current issues.
Paper presented at the Australian Psychological Society (ACT Branch) Professional Development Seminar, Canberra ACT

Quadara A and Miller R28 April 2014
Sexual abuse and exploitation prevention : effective responses.
Paper presented at the Child Family Community Australia (CFCA) seminar series

In Australia, approximately 1 in 3 females and 1 in 7 males report having experienced some form of child sexual abuse. Despite these numbers and the well-documented adverse impacts on wellbeing, sexual abuse and exploitation remain hidden, characterised by secrecy, delayed disclosure, and social denial. Often, those caring for children are unaware of the prevalence of child sexual abuse and its dynamics, and do not know how to effectively respond to indications that sexual abuse is occurring. This webinar will present current research evidence on the extent of child sexual abuse in Australia. It will outline the diverse circumstances in which sexual abuse and exploitation occur, and the dynamics that underpin them. The webinar will also describe children's experiences of disclosure, the constraints they can experience in being heard, and what child-focused organisations can do to support them. It will conclude by presenting a multi agency approach to sexual abuse and exploitation prevention.

Higgins D 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.

Rintoul A21 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.

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.

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.

Hayes A February 2014
Australia's longitudinal studies as rich resources for studying development, health and wellbeing across the lifespan.
Paper presented at the Institute of Early Childhood 2014 Staff Retreat, Macquarie University, Sydney NSW