Supporting children’s wellbeing when working with separating parents

Supporting children’s wellbeing when working with separating parents

Emily Stevens, Roxanne Nathan and Felicity Kime
13 October 2021

This webinar will explore practitioners’ child-centred work with separating parents to support the child’s wellbeing and parent–child relationship.

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13 October 2021 13:00 to 14:00 AEDT
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Mother driving off in the car waving to her husband and child hugging outside the home.

Separation can cause high levels of stress for families and significantly impact children’s wellbeing. The extent of this impact is influenced by factors such as the quality of the parent–child relationship, the presence of family violence, and the level of parental conflict.

Engaging with distressed parents, navigating disagreements and working in situations of family violence are examples of challenges practitioners may experience in this context. However, using child-centred approaches can support parents to connect with and understand their child’s needs, strengthen the parent–child relationship and promote children’s social and emotional wellbeing.

This webinar will explore:

  • The importance of understanding the impacts of separation on children when working with parents
  • How to work with separating parents in child-centred ways to promote the parent–child relationship and children’s wellbeing
  • How to work with distressed parents and navigate disagreements.

This webinar will be of interest to professionals working in parenting and family support services and relationship services and other social and community services working with families.

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This webinar is co-produced by CFCA and Emerging Minds in a series focusing on children’s mental health. They are working together as part of the Emerging Minds: National Workforce Centre for Child Mental Health, which is funded by the Australian Government Department of Health under the National Support for Child and Youth Mental Health Program.

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About the presenters

Emily Stevens

Emily Stevens is in the final stages of completing her PhD in sociology at the University of Queensland. She has published her research in the Journal of Family Studies and the Journal of Family Policy and has taught family sociology and social research methods at the university level. As a family sociologist, Emily’s expertise on the complexities and nuances of a range of family dynamics and relationships informs her work on family law, family violence and post-separation parenting. Before joining AIFS, Emily worked as a Research Officer at Relationships Australia Queensland, where she contributed to a national qualitative study into the needs of family dispute resolution clients.

Roxanne Nathan

Roxanne Nathan has worked with Relationships Australia South Australia for over 13 years; currently as the Team Leader for Counselling Services, and for 8 years as the Coordinator of the Children’s Contact Services. Prior to this she worked in the youth justice system at the Adelaide Youth Court. Roxanne describes her role as 'helping families to make sense of tough things'. She has specialised in supporting families post-separation and supporting families to understand the impacts of high-conflict separation on the mental health of their children. Roxanne practices with a trauma-informed and strengths-based lens: 'My focus is to lean into the strength of the family and support repair'. She is an accredited social worker with the AASW, registered family dispute resolution practitioner, child consultant, counsellor and family therapist. Recently, she was a consultant on the book, Separate Ways: Surviving Post-Separation Grief, the Stress of Divorce or Separation, and the Family Law Process by Shaya Lewis Dermody. Roxanne provides support for complex cases of entrenched family conflict or family and domestic violence across the organisation.

Felicity Kime

Felicity Kime is President of FISH and also a peer support worker with FISH, supporting parents and families to navigate child protection and out-of-home care systems. She is a mother to four children who all have different needs and interests. This is quite demanding and meeting the needs of her son who is living with autism adds some interesting challenges to her life. Her son is 7 years old and has just started school. Felicity now knows first-hand many of the difficulties in navigating systems and programs. She is committed to making sure her son’s needs are met and that he is included in social activities.


Will this webinar be recorded and available to view after the event? I would like to watch it but am not available at the time.
John Walker
Hi John - a recording of this event will be made available on this webpage shortly after the broadcast. Thanks.
Amanda Coleiro

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