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separated and/or divorced parents delivering service to children.
separate on the basis of interpersonal conflict. Technically we differentiate
between three levels of conflict: low, medium and high.
whose conflict would be regarded as low are typically able to resolve matters
between themselves. They rarely need outside resources, their children are apt
to adjust and other service providers may not even be aware of the parental
whose conflict would be regarded as medium are less able to resolve matters
between themselves. They will require outside resources to resolve matters
usually in the form of lawyers or mediator. They may seek mental health support
for the children and the school or other services may have to interface
separately with each parent which can create strain on the service provider,
agency or school. Children are also apt to be strained which can affect their
performance. With support, these children can usually manage although they can
be distraught from time to time.
whose conflict would be regarded as high cannot resolve matters independently.
There matters are typically in the court system. There is likely other social
service involvement, most notably police and child protection agency. Parents
are likely disparaging of each other or at least one of the other. One or both
parents my seek to limit the other parent's involvement with their children and
these parents typically will put considerable strain on service providers in
the interests of achieving a preferred outcome. Children in these situations
frequently appear adversely affected and the children's involvement in support
services may be an issue of dispute between the parents. Service providers
working with children in these circumstances are at risk themselves for any
perceived alliance with one parent over the other and for any perceived
wrongdoing in the carrying out of service. Children in these circumstances are
at substantial risk of poor developmental, social, academic and mental health
service to children and separated parents takes particular skill, knowledge and
policies to manage the complexities inherent in these situations. Services available include;
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