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kContact currently has a provisional rating for the 60 days between: June 26, 2018 and August 25, 2018. If you would like to respond to the Scientific Rating, please submit feedback via the Contact Us page.

About This Program

Target Population: Parents of children and young people in long-term out-of-home care who have supervised contact with them

For parents/caregivers of children ages: 0 – 17

Brief Description

The kContact intervention consists of structured support provided to parents both prior to and following supervised contact visits with their child(ren) in long-term out-of-home care. The kContact program is delivered by a practitioner who has an existing relationship with the parent or who is best placed to develop this relationship and support or deliver the program. Although the program is structured there is flexibility to vary it depending on the frequency of contact and the parent and child’s needs.

Program Goals:

The goals of kContact are:

  • Create an environment during the visit that will increase children’s emotional safety and reduce their distress related to contact
  • Improve relationships with their children
  • Improve the ability to support children in the context of contact visits
  • Reduce the number of contact visits cancelled

Contact Information

Stephanie Taplin
Title: Associate Professor
Agency/Affiliation: Institute of Child Protection Studies, Australian Catholic University
Website: www.acu.edu.au/658580
Phone: +61 2 6209 1319

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: April 2018

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: May 2018

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: June 2018