South Coast Family Law Pathways Network ebulletin

June 2014

edition # 37

South Coast FLPN news

 Events to June 30, 2014


Family Law seminar for Early Childhood providers, June 19.


Drawing on research and information gathered in last year's collaborative project with DeC and University of Wollongong law, we will be delivering a seminar for regional early childhood providers.
The seminar is presented by Katie Lahodny ( Shoalcoast), Clare Jennings ( Jennings Law), Jacquie Leonard ( Nowra FRC ) and Centrelink. There are still places available, see
here for more information.

Defence families Domestic Violence info session

Following a family law / domestic violence information session delivered at the recent divisional briefing at HMAS Creswell ( by Steering Committee member Clare Jennings ), we are currently in discussion with defence Communities about delivering an information session to the families of local service members in August.


Are you listed in the regional referral directory ?             
The new Family Law regional
Referral Directory is available via the SCFLPN website. Now that it's live we need to fill it !!  Please email Karen for a blank template to complete and return to add your service/ firm/ organisation to the directory. 



Waiting lists

Nowra Family Relationship Centre waiting list

 Catholicare Childrens Contact waiting list  

NEW – Supported Contact and Supported Changeover services
NEW – General enquiries and intake application phone numbers  

I would like to notify you of some changes to the Children's Contact Service. As of 1 July 2014 we will be offering two new services that your clients may be suitable for. Please read the attached document to get more information about our new services.

 New general enquiries and intake application phone numbers
Starting immediately there will be new contact numbers for all general enquiries and applications to use the service: 
For all general telephone enquiries:               
Wollongong, Nowra                02 4227 1122
Campbelltown                         02 4628 0044

For all applications:                                          
Client Services Intake            02 4254 9316 

Why do we have this new service?
The service tries to help families work towards self managing their contact arrangements. We found that with only Supervised Contact and Changeover services available, the transition was too great for many families so we needed services that offered more progressive steps.
What is the application process?
The application process is the same. However, if applying directly for the Supported Contact or Supported Changeover service, the family will need to be assessed for suitability. To do this they will need to attend a service with a higher level of supervision first. For example, a family applying for Supported Contact will need to attend Supervised Contact before and then be assessed for suitability. This is done so that we can ensure the children and everyone else will be safe.
When will the new services be starting?
We will begin trialing these services on a limited basis after the 1 July. Your clients will be notified of these new changes, and any changes that affect their services.
Need more info?
click here for the information pack. Alternatively you can contact Atanas via email at or via telephone phone on 02 4254 7705 if you would like more information.

New listings welcome  ! 
 To include your program, please email waiting list information to SCFLPN Project Officer monthly: SouthCoastFLPN@Anglicare




Program and service flyers ( PDFs ) forwarded for inclusion in the ebulletin will be posted once in the next published edition and then posted to a new page on our website called Local Services ( until superseded. ) 
Please note that it is your responsibility to forward updated flyers, out dated material such as previous term information will be removed.)               


Term 3 program fliers

  Poppy Playgroup - A group for mothers experiencing mental health issues.

  Post Separation Co-operative ParentingBega, Moruya, Ulladulla. Please contact for recent dates.Two x 2 hour sessions helping parents and grandparents recognise children’s needs and assisting them in caring for the children in their new circumstances. Individual sessions can be completed in 1 longer session.


 Programs and Services ( client referral info )


  A new DV Toolkit for GPs is available, providing referral guidance to GPs when patients disclose domestic violence. The toolkit can be found here
Womens Legal Services NSW can provide hard copies upon request.

CatholiCare services in the Shoalhaven information sheet (including Keeping Kids In Mind and My Kids and Me program info.)

 YWCA Domestic Violence Team Programs information sheet. 

 Aboriginal Building Connections -  A group workshop or individual session to help separated parents have strong, healthy, loving relationships with their kids.

 Counselling - CatholiCare. *Now available Thursday nights.

 Shoalcoast CLC Solicitor outreach - Bay and Basin dates; Ulladulla dates.
For free legal advice. Appointments are necessary. Phone:1800 229529 or 4422 9529 to Book.

 Law Access  NSW is a great starting point for people who have a legal problem in NSW and who do not know where to go for legal help.

 Guide to online family law resources ( updated ) - Central Queensland FLPN

 Child Support Guide has moved to the Department of Social Services’ (DSS) website.  This change reflects DSS’ sole responsibility for child support legislation and policy.  

The Child Support Guide on the Department of Human Services’ website will be removed.  Please update any old links to ensure that your stakeholders are able to continue to access the Child Support Guide.
Click here for the link to the new Child Support Guide.  






 Professional Development

"When can I decide for myself?" Young people and parenting disputes.  ACT FLPN  September 4th.

WDVCAP Forum, 2014. The theme is ' Working Together within the Domestic and Family Violence Reforms'. July 2&3

Upcoming 'Ask Lois' webinar August 5th : 'Client's options are if they want to change their final parenting orders. For more information and registration, visit the
Ask Lois website.

Family Law Residential ( lawyers ), Royal Pines August 7 - 9 2014

Fact Sheet:
Police issued ADVO's

Domestic Violence and Child Protection: 'Developing good practice responses to a complex problem'- Workshop, Wollongong July 29 & 30

Domestic Violence Conference  : Save the date- Griffith,  June 26 & 27

DOORS online - Registrations are now open.
Family Law DOORS is a holistic screening tool that helps practitioners to get the right information in an ordered and structured way about risks to safety and well-being. The information gained in DOORS helps to 'join up' services, that in turn provides excellent service for clients. 



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An Australian Government initiative