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Degree Name

Master of Social Work (MSW)


Social Work


Lyle S. Hallman Faculty of Social Work

First Advisor

Anne Westhaus

Advisor Role

Thesis Supervisor


This qualitative evaluation examined the custodial and noncustodial parents' and children's experiences of using a supervised access programme. There were a total of forty-three interviews completed using open-ended questions. Both custodial and noncustodial parents clearly reported that if supervised access was not available, the child(ren) would not have contact with the noncustodial parent. In general, parents were grateful for the service being offered. Unfortunately, in some cases, the parents stated that the programme acted as an obstacle in allowing the family to progress. With respect to the children, even though custodial and noncustodial parents attempted to lessen the impact of their marital situation on their children by using the programme, the children were still affected. Finally, this evaluation can impact the policies of and, therefore, possibly alter the programme format and its implementation. In addition, the parents recommended changes to the present supervised access programme and policy which are discussed in this evaluation.

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