Children and young people in separated families

Current project

This project aims to develop a better understanding of the experiences of children and young people whose parents have used family law services.

Now recruiting participants

We are now recruiting both children and young people (aged 10-17 years of age) and parents to participate in this important study.

Yes, I am interested in participating in the study

For further information

If you would like further information about the project please email the research team (link sends e-mail) or phone us on 1800 720 142 (free call except from a mobile phone) or 03 9214 7888. 

Interested parties are also invited to download an extended version of a recent article published by FRSA which provides a detailed explanation of the project.

Participants' information:

Invitation to participate
Information for potential participants: Young people
Information for potential participants: Parents

About the project

AIFS has been commissioned by the Australian Government Attorney-Generals' Department to undertake the Children and Young People in Separated Families project. This project is designed to build on the existing empirical base on separated families and to develop a better understanding of the experiences of children and young people after the separation of their parents and the extent to which their needs are met by the existing family law system services.

The project will involve in-depth, semi-structured individual interviews with children and young people aged  10-17 years of age. A short separate interview will also be undertaken with one parent of the child or young person. 

Ethic and privacy

This study is being conducted in accordance with strict privacy and ethical requirements including the AIFS Privacy Policy

The AIFS Ethics Committee secretariat can be contacted online.

The participation of individuals in this reserach is confidential, within the limits of the law, and we will not identify individual participants by name in any reports or publications that arise from this research.

Getting help

Family law advice
AIFS is unable to provide advice or to assist with specific concerns in relation to individual family law matters. There is a range of information and advice available at the Family Relationships website.

You can also contact the Family Relationships Advice Line on 1800 050 321 for information and referrals. If you have a lawyer, you may also wish to discuss your family law matter with them.

Personal safety
Call 000 at any time if you are worried about your safety, or the safety of another person or a child.

A great place to start if you want to talk about any issue in your life, is the Kids Helpline. Freecall on 1800 551 800.

If you have questions about the law, help is available at Lawstuff.

If you have questions about your health, help is available at Reachout and Youth Beyond Blue.

Domestic and family violence
If you are experiencing domestic and family violence, or you need advice or support about domestic and family violence, please contact the National Sexual Assault Domestic Family Violence Counseling Service (1800 Respect) on 1800 737 732 for 24/7 advice and support.

If you need some extra support or advice about issues in your life, Lifeline provides general and crisis telephone counselling. Call 13 11 14.


May 2016 - February 2018

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