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Marilyn McHugh


Literature review: factors influencing the outcomes of children and young people in out-of-home care

The purpose of this literature review is to examine the factors that influence outcomes for children and young people in out-of-home care (OOHC). It aims to summarise research findings on which factors predict positive or negative outcomes and thereby inform policies and practices in order...

Service needs and uptake amongst children in out-of-home care and their carers

This report provides an analysis of two waves of the POCLS. The analysis focuses on the need for and access to services for children, focusing on specialist services such as paediatricians, as well as universal services such as dentists and general practitioners.

Exploratory study of risks to stability in foster and kinship care in NSW

This report describes an exploratory study on various aspects and risks to stability in foster and kinship placements. The report finds that compared to foster care, risks to placement stability are more evident for kinship care. Kinship carers (predominantly grandparents) are older and few have...

Financial and non-financial support to formal and informal out of home carers

This report explores the supports and services available to formal and informal out-of-home carers (foster, grandparent and kinship carers). In conjunction with existing qualitative evidence from carers, it analyses current gaps in support to build an understanding of carers’ needs and priorities and the barriers...

A framework of practice for implementing a kinship care program

The aim of this study is to provide a framework to guide the implementation of statutory kinship services by the Benevolent Society. The countries included in the study are Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Norway, United Kingdom and United States of America. In the first stage...