Evaluation of alternative dispute resolution initiatives in the care and protection jurisdiction of the NSW Children's Court. AIC reports. Research and public policy series 118.
Anthony Morgan, Hayley Boxall, Kiptoo Terer, and Dr Nathan Harris
Australian Institute of Criminology
The social and economic costs associated with child abuse and neglect, including the long-term negative impact on affected children, and the significant costs incurred by child protection agencies and the legal system have been widely acknowledged. As a result, there has been a concerted attempt nationally to improve the response to at-risk children and families, reflected in whole of government initiatives such as the National Framework for Protecting Australia's Children 2009-2020.
In this report, findings are presented from the Australian Institute of Criminology's (AIC) evaluation of two ADR programs recently introduced as part of the care and protection jurisdiction of the NSW Children's Court?the new model of Dispute Resolution Conference (DRC) and the Legal Aid Pilot.
This research provides policymakers, judiciary and child protection agencies with an evidence base upon which to make decisions regarding the future use and expansion of ADR services to deal with child protection disputes.