Child protection and family law… Joining the dots

Child protection and family law… Joining the dots

Daryl Higgins and Rae Kaspiew

NCPC Issues No. 34 — May 2011

In this paper, we look at the specific issues facing those responsible for ensuring the safety and wellbeing of children in the context of parental separation, and the two separate legal systems: family law and child protection. There is a range of ways in which state-based child protection systems intersect with the federal family law system, with some gaps and some areas of overlap. Recent research—as well as reports from national inquiries—highlights the lack of clarity regarding responsibilities and how families and professionals navigate within and between the systems.

Authors and Acknowledgements

Daryl Higgins is the Deputy Director (Research) at the Australian Institute of Family Studies, and Principal Advisor to the National Child Protection Clearinghouse.

Rae Kaspiew is a Senior Research Fellow at the Australian Institute of Family Studies and was the lead author of the evaluation of the 2006 family law reforms.

The authors are grateful to Professor Patrick Parkinson and Dr Sharon Vincent for their very helpful and insightful comments and suggestions on the paper.

Publication details

NCPC Issues
No. 34
Published by the Australian Institute of Family Studies, May 2011.
24 pp.
ISSN: 
1447-0004
ISBN: 
978-1-921414-69-5

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