Australian Institute of Family Studies
The Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) is the Australian Government's key research body in the area of family wellbeing. AIFS conducts original research to increase understanding of Australian families and the issues that affect them.
Cyber security alert
As you may be aware, a large-scale ransomware campaign has impacted organisations globally. The Australian Government is closely monitoring this situation. Situation updates as well as advice to individuals and organisations will be made available on the Australian Cyber Security Centre website as required.
If you have been affected by ransomware or require assistance please visit the Australian Cyber Security Centre website and follow the guidance on how to report an incident.
A critical review of the early childhood literature
The Department of Education and Training contracted the Australian Institute of Family Studies to undertake a critical review of the key and influential evidence on the value of preschool for three year olds, Indigenous children and those from disadvantaged backgrounds and the applicability of the international evidence to the Australian context. You can access this report on the Department of Education and Training website
AIFS paper for Royal Commission
A new paper conducted for the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse by AIFS provides clarity on the concept of trauma-informed care. Read the paper: Principles of trauma-informed approaches to child sexual abuse: a discussion paper.
New publications from the Attorney-General's Department: Parenting Orders: what you need to know and The Family Law Council final report: Families with complex needs and the intersection of the family law and child protection systems
ReachOut has launched a new service to help parents help teenagers.
Forced adoption training
The Australian Psychological Society is providing online elearning and a series of webinars for health professionals on forced adoption. Find out more
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