Contact Services in Australia Research and Evaluation Project

Report by Strategic Partners Pty Ltd on Children's Contact Services

In 1995-96, the Federal Government, through the Family Relationships Services Program (FRSP)* allocated resources for the development and piloting of ten children's contact services, sponsored by community based organisations, to provide changeover and supervised contact for children and their parents. The initiative was consistent with the June 1996 changes to the Family Law Act 1975, which emphasised a child's right to know, be cared for, and have contact with both their parents.

Strategic Partners Pty Ltd was commissioned in March 1997 to undertake an evaluation and research project to increase understanding of the impact that contact services have on children, and the effectiveness, efficiency and appropriateness of the services.

The FRSP, formerly located in the Legal Aid and Family Services Branch of the Attorney-General's Department, is now funded through the Attorney-General's Department and the Department of Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs and administered by the Department of Families, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs.

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