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What is Child Consultancy?
A component of Family Dispute Resolution designed to assist families to focus on and support their children through family separation.
What is Involved
The way a child reacts to a stressful event such as family separation is complex and unique. Supporting children throughout the separation process and encouraging a continued relationship with the all family members is an important responsibility for parents. Research on the impact of separation on children has shown that ongoing parental conflict can result in negative psychological consequences for children. Children and Young People may not understand all they are feeling and often don’t have the words to be able to ask for help. Parents may instead notice changes in behaviour which are unusual for their child. It is important to remember that there are positive steps parents can take to reduce the likelihood of emotional and behavioural problems for their child.
Child Consultancy is a part of Family Dispute Resolution which supports parents to understand the impact of separation on their child. A child consultant works with the child and provides information and support to parents to assist their child to cope with the family separation.
Who are Child Consultants?
Child Consultants are professionals who specialise in working with children and young people. They have extensive knowledge of the developmental and emotional needs of children and young people during separation.
What is involved?
Step 1: Parents can be referred during a mediation process, or may request a session when concerns for their child’s adjustment to separation are raised.
Step 2: Both parents in Family Dispute Resolution will speak with the child consultant and provide written consent for their child to be seen before the process can continue.
Step 3: The child consultant will meet with your child will be seen, or in the case of sibling groups several children may be seen at the same time.
Step 4: Within the Family Disputre Resolution session, parents will be provided feedback around how their child/children is coping with the separation and will be supported to assist their child to manage any problems they may be experiencing. Parents may also be provided with relevant referrals at this time.
Step 5: This information may then be used in the Family Dispute Resolution process to assist parents to make decisions in the best interest of their child.
Note: All communication between the child consultant and child is confidential. Child consultants assess the overall wellbeing of the child and provide feedback accordingly.
This process will only occur if it is in the best interest of the child.
Who Is Child Consultancy For?
Separated families with children undergoing Family Dispute Resolution, including those in defacto or same sex relationships. Children must be 6 years and over to participate in child consultancy, and we will conduct an assessment to determine if Child Consultation is appropriate for your situation..
The Benefits of Child Consultancy
- It allows both parents to receive independent professional feedback about how their child is coping with the family separation.
- Parents will get to hear about what is working for their child and how they can continue to support their child post separation.Parents often report being able to negotiate more objectively during Family Dispute Resolution as they have information which centres the process on their child’s needs.
- Your child has the opportunity to express how they feel freely and is supported to talk to a counsellor in the future if they need to.
How to get there?
VenueSpring Hill 4000
159 St Pauls Terrace
119 High St
671 Gympie Rd
80 Johns St
VenueFRC Upper Mt Gravatt 4122
23 Sanders St
VenueFRC Strathpine 4500
16 Mecklem St
VenueEight Mile Plains 4113
107 Miles Platting Rd
Building 13, Technology Office Park
16 Mecklem Street
745 Riverway Drive
VenueFRC Cairns 4870
125 Grafton St
Need to Know More?
For more information or to make an appointment call
1300 364 277
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