The Disability Informed Practice in Child Protection: A Guide to Assessing Parenting Capacity with Parents with Intellectual Disability is a practical resource produced for the Toward Access and Equity study. The resource is designed to assist child protection, clinical and legal professionals to adapt their approach to engagement with parents with intellectual disability in assessment of their parenting capacity. You can download a free web version or print version.
Supporting connections for children and families in out-of-home-care
My Family Time is Mine (pdf, 2.95MB) is a resource created by Bobby Hendry to give young people aged 11+ in out-of-home care tips and tricks for navigating Family Time (contact). It was developed as part of the ARC Linkage project, Fostering Lifelong Connections for Children in Permanent Care (LP180101332). You can purchase a copy of the book here.
Roar (pdf, 19.4MB) is a children’s picture book created by Billy Black for young children in out-of-home care and their families. It is about the big feelings that come up around Family Time (contact) and was developed as part of the ARC Linkage project, Fostering Lifelong Connections for Children in Permanent Care (LP180101332). There is also an accompanying Adult's Guide available. You can purchase a copy of the book here.
The Multiple Meanings of Permanency. Article by A/Prof Amy Conley Wright and Dr Susan Collings in the Australian Institute of Family Studies Child Family Community Australia newsletter.
Family Law Reform Lived Expertise Forum. Presented by Professor Heather Douglas (University of Melbourne), Dr Rachel Carson (Australian Institute of Family Studies), A/Prof Susan Heward-Belle, and Jane Matts (DVNSW Voices for Change) during 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence, Full Stop Australia, December 2021. View the recording.
Working toward restoration (pdf, 1MB). Presented by A/Prof Amy Conley Wright, Dr Susan Collings, Dr Betty Luu, Irene Wardle, Kate Spalding (Parenting Research Centre), Wade Mahoney (Wandiyali), and Dr Kylie Evans-Locke (Care South) at a Research Centre for Children and Families webinar, September 2021. View the recording.
Wright, A., Collings, S. (2019). Permanency with lifelong connections: Casework practices to support positive relationships between carer and birth families. Developing Practice, 53, 92-109. Post-print accessible here
Tobin, J., Cashmore, J. (2019). Article 19: The right to protection against all forms of violence. In John Tobin (Eds.), The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child: A Commentary, (pp. 687-724). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Tobin, J., Cashmore, J. (2019). Article 9: The right not to be separated from parents. In John Tobin (Eds.), The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child: A Commentary, (pp. 307-342). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Collings, S., Neil, E., Wright, A. (2018). Practices to improve communication between birth parents and permanent families. Advances in Social Work and Welfare Education, 20(2), 144-150. Accessible here