iKiDs (Supporting Children and Young People After Separation)
Relationships Australia SA
iKiDs (I Know I Do) is about helping children to understand, to express themselves and to participate in the decisions that impact on them.
Parental separation can be hard for children and young people, as well as for the adults involved. It requires a major adjustment in children’s lives – not only are they often living in two households but they have their own sense of grief and loss to cope with. Where children are exposed to ongoing parental conflict it is even harder for them and can lead to anxiety and other mental health problems.
Our iKiDs service provides an independent counsellor who is skilled in supporting children and young people after their parents separate. Details of our services follow:
We provide counselling for children/youth from the age of five whose parents have been separated for no more than three years. We provide a safe, friendly and confidential way for children to talk about what they are feeling or thinking.
- Child consultation
Child consultation is a process specifically designed for families, where parents’ concerns about their children’s reactions to separation can be addressed. Child consultation can form part of the mediation process for separated parents. It can also be useful in counselling to include children’s views independently and meaningfully in a range of family situations.
- Education – Schools
iKiDs practitioners are also able to deliver educational workshops to schools.
- Group work
We facilitate therapeutic groups for children of different ages and cultural groups to build and reshape relationships of trust and self-esteem. We have five goals:
- to create common ground and safety among peers;
- to explore the language and complexity of feelings;
- to define and differentiate self and others;
- to define and revise roles and relationships;
- to explore and establish or restore compassion and optimism.
This service is subsidised by the Commonwealth Government, Department of Social Services. For some services there is no cost. Where a fee applies it is determined according to household income and includes concession rates. Fees can be negotiated or waived.
Counselling - Parents can call one of our offices to refer their child. From the age of 16 years children are able to self-refer.
Child Consult - The pathway into this service is that parents are seen in counselling or in mediation where their concerns about the children are shared and the potential for child consultation is discussed. Both parents must give their consent for the child consult to go ahead.
151 South Terrace, Adelaide SA 5000
8 Butler Street, Port Adelaide SA
Westfield Marion Shopping Centre, 297 Diagonal Road, Oaklands Park SA 5046
13 Elizabeth Way, Elizabeth SA 5112