30 April 2020Share
Separated or divorced parents normally grapple with countless issues, but the COVID-19 crisis means they face new difficulties negotiating shared care of children with the stress of balancing work, home, and home schooling adding an extra layer of pressure during lockdown.
Professor Daryl Higgins, Director of the Institute of Child Protection Studies at ACU, and his team have developed a series of new resources called Safeguarding children during COVID-19 to manage shared parenting across two households during COVID-19 and support children through the crisis.
A leading child protection expert, Professor Higgins said the resources were aimed at child protection and family service workers as well as separated or divorced parents.
“Helping every child have a safe harbour is always important, particularly where parents share caring responsibilities across two households due to separation or divorce,” Professor Higgins said.
“For children to thrive, they need calm reassurance from the adults around them. We have developed this resource to help navigate the choppy waters of co-parenting during the COVID-19 crisis.”
Safeguarding children during COVID-19 also includes links to resources from other organisations and Kids Central tip sheets for COVID-19.
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