There has been a rise in the number of non-resident parents in Australia over a number of decades, but the policy questions relating to involvement in their children’s lives have only recently become a major issue for policy makers. The role of fathers in general has become recognised as an important aspect of family policy, and fathers include a significant number of non-resident parents.
The research studied how the most significant mainstream services (including schools, primary health care, social housing and children’s services) address the needs of children who have a non-resident parent, and identified policies and practices which facilitate and inhibit the involvement of these parents. The research aimed to inform policy development to improve the organisation and delivery of services, to help them adapt to the increasing diversity of family structures and to make them more father-inclusive.
Australian Government Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs