This paper seeks to clarify what community engagement involves, and the role it can play in improving outcomes for children and families
AIFS produces a number of publications relating to our research throughout the year. These include research papers and reports, facts sheets, commissioned reports and submissions. We also publish our peer-reviewed journal Family Matters twice a year and prepared reports for Closing the Gap.
All publications are also listed in our library catalogue.
See also publications from Growing Up in Australia .
An overview of conceptual definitions of abusive and neglectful behaviours, and legislative definitions of "a child in need of protection"
To which extent is child care flexible enough to meet the needs of parents who work non-standard or variable hours?
Information on how to report suspected child abuse and neglect, including key contacts in each state and territory
A list of national and state/territory helplines and telephone counselling services for children, young people and parents
This article highlights the importance of systematic reviews for research synthesis, with the strength of this approach demonstrated through the authors’ recent Cochrane review into the effectiveness of school-based programs for the prevention of child sexual abuse. It describes the features of evaluation studies and the differences between systematic reviews and more traditional literature reviews, before summarising the findings of their recent Cochrane review.
In the Northern Territory, child protection case workers can call for families to be subject to “Child Protection Income Management” if they believe this form of conditional welfare will improve child outcomes. This article summarises a recent research study into its use and effectiveness. The article describes the aims and methodology of the study, how the Child Protection Income Management scheme operates, the characteristics of families referred to the scheme, referrals to other support services and interventions, and the views of caseworkers on its effectiveness.
An overview of online safety for parents, including useful resources and practical tips for monitoring and protecting children online
Payee mothers’ interactions with the Department of Human Services-Child Support: A summary of recent qualitative findings
This article explores mothers' experiences with the child support scheme in Australia, highlighting how interactions with the Department of Human Services-Child Support (DHS-CS) agency can facilitate or undermine the receipt of child support.
Recently, there has been much in the media about increasing women's workforce participation and the related issue of providing informal and formal child care. However, what are the issues and views of parents who are not prepared to "outsource" the care of their children? This article draws attention to this overlooked group. It reviews the international literature on "parent-only" care and presents findings from an Australian study on parent-only carers' values and motivations and the impact on labour force participation.