Grandparents Matter

Grandparents Matter: Optimising the Inclusion of Grandparents After Child Protection Intervention

In this current Partnership Grant project, the research question is: What are the ways that the inclusion of grandparents can be optimised in relation to child protection intervention, out of home care and related services

Duration:

Feb 2016- June 2017

Funding:

JCU Partnership Grant

Academic Group:

Social Work

Key Words:

Grandparents, Grandchildren, Child Protection Intervention, Social Work

Project description

This study builds on a previous small study undertaken in 2013 funded by an Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) small grant exploring circumstances arising when grandparents experienced reduced, lost or denied contact with their grandchildren.

In this current Partnership Grant project, the research question is: What are the ways that the inclusion of grandparents can be optimised in relation to child protection intervention, out of home care and related services. The findings from this research will contribute to current knowledge and available literature, and can strengthen and inform the work of our partner organisations and associated services. Findings also can inform relevant social policy, professional social work practice and social work education.

Project partners

James Cook University; Act for Kids; Family Inclusion Network WA; Family Inclusion Network Townsville

Project team

    • Project CI: Associate Professor Susan Gair, JCU
    • Professor Ros Thorpe, Coordinator Family Inclusion Network Townsville
    • Ms Renee McAllister, Co-ordinator Act for Kids North Queensland
    • Ms Debbie Henderson, Coordinator Family Inclusion Network Western Australia
    • RA: Dr Ines Zuchowski, JCU
    • RA: Lyn Munns, JCU

Key contact: Associate Professor Susan Gair, susan.gair@jcu.edu.au

Grandparent and child