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Counselling and Consultancy Service

About the Family Court Counselling and Consultancy Service

The Counselling and Consultancy Service is staffed by fully qualified Family Consultants with specialist knowledge and expertise in working with children and families experiencing relationship difficulties after separation.  Family Consultants are also experienced alternate dispute resolution practitioners.

Each case involving child related proceedings in the Family Court of WA is allocated a Family Consultant prior to the first court event, which is usually a Case Assessment Conference. The primary role of the Family Consultant is to assist the Court to individually case manage each and every child related case before the Court. This will often involve making referrals to other agencies, gathering information and reporting back to the Magistrate or Judge who is responsible for the case.  

Case management provides for the same Family Consultant to remain with the case from the first day of Court until the making of final orders. This creates an opportunity for each family to have continuity during their time in the Court. 

In the event that a Family Report is ordered, the same Family Consultant shall conduct the interviews with both the parents and the children, and produce a report.

The Family Consultant will always see each party separately in the first instance, and continue to do so unless it is determined safe and appropriate for parties to be seen together. 

The vast majority of all disputes (95%) are settled without the need for the Court to determine final orders. Throughout case management, where appropriate the Family Consultant shall be assisting parties towards resolution.

Child related proceedings brochure downloads:

Services Provided

  • Case Assessment Conferences
  • Individual case management, which may include joint mediation/conciliation/counselling services, depending on the specific requirements of each family
  • Referrals to appropriate agencies or programs when appropriate, and
  • A variety of reports including Family Reports involving children, as ordered by the court.

Family reports brochure downloads:

Case Assessment Conferences at the Family Court Counselling and Consultancy Service

Case assessment conferences are the first court event for non-urgent matters following the filing of documents.  Further information is available from the download below.

Case assessment conference brochure downloads:

Last updated: 9-Jul-2014

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