The COVID-19 pandemic has created confronting new challenges that will have immediate and lasting impacts. This report makes it clear that the COVID-19 pandemic has compounded an already bleak future for the child protection system.
This report explores the common co-occurrence of domestic and family violence (DFV) when parents have challenges relating to mental health and the problematic use of alcohol and other drugs. The research project also found evidence that a coordinated approach is needed to address these complex...
Main findings from the kContact trial of a contact intervention to support parents with children in out-of-home care
This research summary outlines the main outcomes and implications for practice of the kContact study, which was conducted across three jurisdictions in Australia. The trial took place between 2015 and 2017 in Victoria and ACT, and 2017 to 2018 in NSW.
This paper describes the findings from the outcome evaluation of the Adolescent Family Violence Program. The results show that the program had a positive impact on young people and their families, leading to improved parenting capacity and parent–adolescent attachment.
This is the third in a series of bulletins to communicate findings on particular issues and experiences facing families. This bulletin is focused on the support systems families navigate, including formal (service) supports and informal supports such as friends and community.
This working paper provides a summary on the role of family services in promoting child well-being, and then reviews the policy issues at all levels of the family service delivery systems.
This audit examines whether the initial support and safety hubs that have been established in communities throughout Victoria are providing effective and efficient service coordination by assessing how the department and Family Safety Victoria (FSV) plan the hubs, support hub operations and drive their continuous...
This resource is designed to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander and non-Indigenous organisations to consider and adopt partnership -centred approaches when applying for funding for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander child and family support services.
The number of children in the Northern Territory child protection system remains extremely high, despite $500 million per year being spent by the Commonwealth and Northern Territory governments. This draft report finds that a fundamental change in approach is needed to better coordinate funding decisions...