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Joanne Commerford


Principles for high quality playgroups: examples from research and practice

This resource is intended to provide information on a set of principles that capture the essential core components of a high-quality playgroup.
Literature review

Supporting young people leaving out-of-home care

The transition from adolescence to adulthood—emerging adulthood—is now recognised as a significant stage in the life cycle in developmental, emotional and social terms. Young people leaving out-of-home care (OOHC) face this transition to adulthood without family support and with significant extra barriers such as poor...
Briefing paper

Supported playgroups for parents and children: the evidence for their benefits

This paper defines the types of supported playgroups and varying models of implementation in operation in Australia, and assesses the evaluation evidence for their benefits to parents and children. Supported playgroups are playgroups run by a paid facilitator that aim to support families with particular...

Children’s contact services: key issues

The aim of this paper is to provide practitioners and policy makers with an outline of some of the key issues highlighted in the research. It is not intended to be an exhaustive review of the literature.

Relationship education and counselling: recent research findings

This paper reviews the research on relationship education and relationship counselling. The paper investigates the effectiveness of these strategies in working with couples who are at varying stages of their relationship - from highly satisfied at the beginning of their relationship, to highly distressed and...