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NCJ Number: 158300 Find in a Library
Title: Australian and New Zealand Association of Children's Access Services, First National Conference 15-17 October 1994, Adelaide, Australia
Journal: Social Policy Journal of New Zealand  Issue:3  Dated:(December 1994)  Pages:147-152
Author(s): B Pilott
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 6
Type: Conference Material
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: New Zealand
Annotation: The first national conference of the newly formed Australian and New Zealand Association of Children's Access Services aimed to provide a forum for service providers to share information, for researchers to discuss recent research findings, and for a range of relevant legal and welfare issues to be discussed.
Abstract: The conference was timely in view of proposed changes to the Domestic Protection Act and the Guardianship Act in New Zealand. These acts acknowledge the impact on children of witnessing or being directly involved in family violence between parents. The importance of children's access services in protecting them against exposure to violence is emphasized. Such services tend to focus on two key components: (1) supervision of "hand-over" children between the custodial parent and the noncustodial parent for court-ordered or mutually agreed visits; and (2) supervision of access visits because a court has ordered such supervision for safety reasons. Concerns about the safety of both children and custodial parents are examined, along with risks involved in children's access visits with a parent who is or has been violent. The Australian and New Zealand Association of Children's Access Services proposes three service delivery models: preventive/early intervention, enabling/problems established, and secure/severe difficulties. These models describe a continuum of least to most risk and assume differing supervision levels. The role of courts in the provision of children's access services and service delivery issues are considered.
Main Term(s): Juvenile victims
Index Term(s): Abused children; Abusing parents; Australia; Child abuse; Child custody; Child protection services; Child victims; Child welfare; Domestic assault; Foreign laws; New Zealand; Victims of violent crime; Violence prevention
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