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Freda Briggs, Emeritus Professor in Child Development

SingleMum.com.au Expert Opinion Panel

Freda Briggs, Emeritus Professor in Child Development




Author Emeritus Professor Freda Briggs AO, Humanitarian and Child Protection Expert, is a researcher and lecturer in sociology, child protection and family studies for the University of South Australia.

In 2000, Freda was a recipient of the Senior Australian Of The Year award. Her expertise has seen her consulted by the World Health Organisation on programs to protect children from violence. She has also consulted to the New Zealand Police, Department of Education in Australia, Anglicare and UNICEF.

Freda has published 19 books on child abuse and child protection issues and written countless journals.

Freda's books "Smart Parenting for Safer Kids" and "Child protection : The essential guide" are available directly from Freda by emailing her at Freda.briggs@unisa.edu.au. Smart Parenting is priced at $35 and Child protection is priced at $59 including postage.

Articles written by Freda Briggs for SingleMum.com.au

Are mothers and children being silenced in the Family Court?
Children who abuse other children
The Sexualisation of Children
Protecting children from sexual abuse
Helicopter Parenting
Dealing With Temper Tantrums
Encouraging healthy sexual development in 5-8 year olds
Cyber Bullying
Promoting healthy sexual development in pre-school children
Dealing With Bullying
Child Abuse in Family Court





What does it mean to be a single mum?Of course, the

kids

are the most important thing in a single mum's life. Kids are the focus and always have been. But along with the children, there are other matters that can confuse a single mum's life.

Centrelink

plays a big part of a single mother's life, mainly because this is where a large percentage of single mums get their finances from. Centrelink are the source from where the

single mother pension

, or as it is otherwise known, the single parent payment comes from. The single mother pension is a subsistence amount, but just the same, it is money to live on, and so it is important, no matter if it is called single parent payment, single mother pension or whatever Centrelink welfare classes it at the time

Often, single mums come out of a

divorce

or defacto relationship only to find that their troubles have just begun, and find that their first step leads them towards Family Law - it's time to engage a lawyer.
There are more than just Centrelink finance problems to worry about, as mentioned before, but also

child custody

issues. Child custody is something that hits right at the heart of

single mums

. If a single mother's ex husband or ex partner has been a domestic violence perpetrator, the mum may be greatly worried about child custody. They worry that their kids won't be safe with their spouse, who has already proven to be abusive because they caused

domestic violence

, which resulted in a divorce or separation.

Even so,

Family Court

will often still order a form of child custody named

Shared Parenting

. Shared Parenting is a form of child custody division of time or parental responsibility between the parents. Mother's often look for a good divorce lawyer to try to avoid share parenting with an abusive ex-spouse after divorce, however in many cases Shared Parenting is still the outcome after the divorce, no matter how good the divorce lawyers have been. They will often settle for visitation at a contact centre or access centre where fathers or mothers are supervised during child custody access.

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