What are Family Relationship Centres?
Family Relationship Centres provide assistance to families at any stage of their lives. The Centres are for all families in need of information and support in relation to family relationships and for those families who are separated we offer family dispute resolution services.
Staff working in the Family Relationship Centres are qualified professionals who have experience working with families and an excellent understanding of the problems associated with family separation.
The staff assist families in many ways such as:
- Providing information about family relationships, separation and connecting people with services that are are appropriate for their individual needs
- Providing Family Dispute Resolution where parents/families can discuss issues relating to their children and develop parenting plans that are in the best interests of their children
- Assisting parents and families to work towards improving their communication and reducing their conflict
- Assisting parents with enhancing knowledge and skills to assist both themselves and their children with separation issues
- Providing child-focussed and child-inclusive practices and assisting parents to focus on the needs of children
Resources available at Family Relationship Centres include flyers and booklets from services, computers that can be used to search for information on the web, phones that are directly connected to the Family Relationship Advice Line, and staff who can provide consultation and family dispute resolution.
Family Dispute Resolution
Family Relationship Centres offer Family Dispute Resolution with registered Family Dispute Resolution Practitioners. Family Dispute Resolution helps separated families to sort out their disputes, particularly disputes relating to the children. The Family Dispute Resolution process involves a number of sessions including:
- Intake and Assessment, to identify the issues within the family and determine if Family Dispute Resolution is suitable
- Attendance at a Child First educational group,
- Attendance at a preparation for Family Dispute Resolution (pre-FDR) session
- Attendance at the joint Family Dispute Resolution session.
- For many families, children will also be included in the Family Dispute Resolution process through meeting with the Child Inclusive Practitioner