Improving contact between children in out-of-home care and their birth parents

Project Details

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kContact is a three-year study to develop and trial a new model of managing and supporting contact between children in care and their parents. The aim is to reduce current and future distress related to contact, improve children's relationships with their birth parents and increase successful reunifications in the long term.

The project has been funded by the Australian Research Council, with significant partner contributions.

Conducted in the ACT and Victoria, the project is a joint initiative between University of Melbourne, the Institute of Child Protection Studies (ICPS) at the Australian Catholic University, and a number of government and community partners (see list below).

The official project website can be found athttp://www.acu.edu.au/icps-kcontact

Researchers

  • Prof Cathy Humphreys
    Alfred Felton Chair of Child and Family Social Work
    Department of Social Work, University of Melbourne
  • Dr Margaret Kertesz
    Senior Research Fellow, Department of Social Work
    School of Health Sciences, University of Melbourne
  • Prof Morag McArthur
    Director, Institute of Child Protection Studies
    Australian Catholic University
  • Assoc Prof Stephanie Taplin
    Associate Director, Institute of Child Protection Studies
    Australian Catholic University
  • Dr Tracey Bullen
    Project Manager, kContact
    Institute of Child Protection Studies, Australian Catholic University
  • Larissa Rossen
    Intervention Coordinator
    Institute of Child Protection Studies, Australian Catholic University
  • Rhys Thorpe,
    PhD Candidate
    Research Scholar, Institute of Child Protection Studies

Collaborators

This research project is being jointly conducted by the University of Melbourne, and the Institute of Child Protection Studies at the Australian Catholic University in Canberra, in collaboration with the following government and non-government organisations.

Victoria

Non-government organisations

The Centre for Excellence in Child & Family Welfare provides the umbrella for 7 Victorian community sector organisations including:

ACT

Government organisations

  • ACT Community Services Directorate

Non-government organisations

Funding

ARC Linkage

Research Group

Alliance to End Violence toward Women and Children



Faculty Research Themes

Child Health

School Research Themes

Child Health & Well-being, Practice and service improvement



Key Contact

For further information about this research, please contact the research group leader.

Department / Centre

Social Work

Unit / Centre

Alliance to End Violence toward Women and Children