Early and middle childhood

Piloting a Family Drug Treatment Court program in Victoria

Short article— 4 June 2013

Magistrate Gregory Levine of the Children’s Court of Victoria has recently been engaged in discussions with stakeholders and is working towards securing appropriate funding and resourcing for the establishment of a Pilot Family Drug Treatment Court program in the Children’s Court.

Growing up too fast: Early puberty and mental illness

Short article— 5 April 2013

Puberty has long been recognised as a transition point in which many emotional and behavioural problems emerge. These include depression and anxiety, substance use and abuse, self-harm and eating disorders.

Taking a longer view of contact

Short article— 7 March 2013

Understanding the factors that lead to good decision-making in post-separation parenting arrangements is critical to ensure that outcomes for children are as positive as possible. But what do we know about children’s own views on the success or otherwise of these decisions?

New resource: Three books from Interrelate Family Centres

Short article— 14 February 2013

Just how do you help a child understand why people bully others, how babies are made, or what makes puberty happen? Kids can ask all sorts of questions that parents and others find awkward, embarrassing, or just plain tricky.

Making paternity leave work: Context, policy and practice

Short article— 11 February 2013

This webinar, jointly presented by the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY) and the CFCA information exchange in February 2013, covered Australia's family leave policy history, the social context, family models in Australia and a review of international paternity leave policies and practices. 

Peer sexual assault

Short article— 6 February 2013

The issue of children and young people demonstrating problematic sexual behaviours – or acting abusively to other young people (who may be younger, or a similar age) – is complex.

Resources and information on child sexual abuse

Short article— 22 January 2013

On Monday 12th November 2012, Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced she would recommend to the Governor General to establish a Royal Commission into the Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in Australia.


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