The Facts

ABSTRACT
FROM AUSTRALIAN BUREAU OF STATISTICS (ABS)
COMPARED WITH OTHER FAMILY TYPES
ONE PARENT FAMILIES ARE CONSIDERED TO BE AT A HIGHER RISK OF DISADVANTAGE for example: in income, housing, employment and social participation.

  • Consequently, a greater number of children spend at least some of their childhood with a lone parent.
  • Over the last few decades one-parent families increased as a proportion of all families with children.
  • Many women and some men experience sole parenting, often in difficult financial circumstances.
FINANCIAL HARDSHIP  
Q. How common is financial hardship in lone parent families?

A. In the majority of circumstances  annual income in single parent families is below the poverty line with mothers at the greater disadvantage.

Following divorce, families with dependent children frequently face financial hardship

…the proportions living below the poverty line are much higher among lone parents

– especially women and older lone mothers …

  • Far greater proportions of those who had re-partnered had a standard of living that was 200% above the poverty line than was the case among lone parents.
  • While both re-partnered mothers and fathers were financially better off than lone mothers and fathers, the difference between re-partnered and lone parents was greatest among mothers.
CHILD ABUSE
Q.  Is there an increase in child abuse and maltreatment in single parent and blended families?
A.  Evidence provided by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare(AIHW 2003b) which collates all Australian statistics on child abuse, indicates  that child abuse and maltreatment occur  in blended and step families at  more than twice the rate than would be expected

Many people stay in relationships in order to avoid the burden of  financial hardship endured as a lone parent, to  “get ahead” or “have a better life”  but this in itself can wage a stream of challenges including but by far not exhaustive of –
  • domestic violence
  • drinking
  • stress
  • depression
  • increased risk of abuse
  • health problems
  • behavioural changes in children
  • substantially higher numbers of kids at risk
  • trials and tribulations of blended families
The Australian Divorce Transition Project studied a national sample of people after divorce and concluded that “re-partnering remains a keyway out of financial difficulties for women,
and hence for most children whose parents divorce” (Smyth and Weston 2000).
Overseas and Australian evidence indicates that child abuse and neglect are more common in lone parent, step and blended families than in intact families. (Tomison 1996).  However, this does not necessarily mean that the perpetrator is the lone parent or the step parent. The perpetrator is not necessarily someone who lives with the child. (AIFS)


MEASURES OF AUSTRALIA’S PROGRESS, 2004 (ABS)

30 Jul 2011: The impact of divorce and family breakup on families is of concern,  as is the quality of relationships between children and parents, and children and step-parents.

There were 821, 800 one parent families which represented 15 of all families. Catalogue number: 1370.0

AUSTRALIAN SOCIAL TRENDS, 2005 (ABS)

28 Jul 2011: The reasons grandchildren come to live with their grandparents are varied, but often include trauma of some kind, such as a parent‘s drug or alcohol abuse, relationship breakdown, mental or physical … disabilities). Almost half ( 47) of grandparent. Catalogue number: 4102.0

 

The basic thing nobody asks is why do people take drugs of any sort?

Why do we have these accessories to normal living to live?

I mean, is there something wrong with society that’s making us so pressurized,

that we cannot live without guarding ourselves against it?
John Lennon

 

Although blatantly obvious these facts wane in the background of far too many minds.

Single Parents and their children continue to suffer under band aide solutions whilst some of those  positioned in mid to high socio-economic positions work systems and grants to qualify and advantage from the existence of roles, groups and organisations and others desirous of genuinely helping are restricted by inflexible policy and legislation.

 

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Let’s BAN TOGETHER as families, communities, societies and the human race
TO ADDRESS
A NATIONAL CRISIS and GLOBAL TRAGEDY
which does not need to exist
My love  and compassion to you
Dianne Mead


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