Community-based family services

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Conference proceedings

ADM in child and family services: mapping what is happening and what we know

This paper reports on the proceedings of a workshop entitled ADM in child and family services: mapping what is happening and what we know, held on the 24 November 2020. The workshop brought together international experts and on-the-ground sector stakeholders to provide an overview of...
Discussion paper

Systems change theory and practice: a brief review and practical insights

This discussion paper offers a summary of recently published literature and key theories about systems change and evaluation. It includes several case studies of programs and organisations to illustrate how they have applied theory. For those seeking a deeper dive into systems thinking and change...
Case study

The Maranguka Cross Sector Leadership Group

This case study of the Maranguka Cross Sector Leadership Group offers insights for government and non-government organisations wishing to align policy and resources towards supporting community-led agendas for change. The case study draws on the knowledge and practice of the Bourke Tribal Council through Maranguka...
Report

Amplify: turning up the volume on young people and family violence

Melbourne City Mission commissioned this research to develop recommendations for service and policy responses for young people experiencing family violence that recognises the distinct needs of adolescents and young people, and the ways in which they are more likely to engage and respond to services.
Report

Sector strengthening plan: early childhood care and development

This plan takes a particular focus on building the community-controlled sectors that address: early childhood education and care and child protection and family support services.
Briefing paper

Community Services Outcomes Tree: an introduction

This resource explains the Community Services Outcomes Tree, which has been designed for the community sector.
Report

New vulnerable research

From April to September 2020, Good Shepherd commissioned Roy Morgan to investigate a group of working Australians that they have termed the ‘new vulnerable’. This report provides in-depth analysis of these people, and their experience of navigating support systems to address their needs arising from...
Briefing paper

Engaging clients in commissioning government services: strategies for doing it well

This briefing paper summarises key findings from an evidence check conducted to identify the best strategies for effective and authentic client engagement in the commissioning of government services.
Report

Nowhere to go

Building new social housing to support women escaping family violence would more than pay for itself in averted costs and economic spin-off benefits, according to this report to be submitted to the 2021 national Women’s Safety Summit.
Report

What works? Exploring the literature on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander healing programs that respond to family violence

This research project is mapping and analysing 'what works' in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander healing programs across the nation that respond to domestic and family violence and sexual assault. This review report includes an overview of the family violence, trauma and healing literature before...
Report

Supporting women and children experiencing family and domestic violence: the Zonta House impact report

This report presents an analysis of client outcomes with a view to understanding the impact of Zonta House and provides a statistical analysis of the validity and reliability of the Life Matrix tool developed and used by Zonta House to measure clients’ wellbeing at intake...
Guide

Best practice guidelines: supporting the wellbeing of family violence workers during times of emergency and crisis

These guidelines draw on research by the Monash Gender and Family Violence Prevention Centre, in partnership with Domestic Violence Victoria, that investigated the impact of COVID-19 on family violence, practitioner wellbeing and remote service delivery.
Briefing paper

Birth family contact: what are the views of children and young people in out-of-home care?

This paper provides an overview of the views of children and young people about whether they have contact with family members and their satisfaction with contact arrangements, with findings drawn from two surveys, the 2018 NSW OOHC Survey and the NSW Residential Care Survey.
Report

How frontline domestic and family violence workforce in Australia kept connected to their clients and each other through the pandemic

This report presents the findings of a nation-wide study of the experiences of frontline domestic and family violence (DFV) practitioners in Australia during the early months of COVID-19. The study explores the perceived impacts of the pandemic on clients, service adaptations and innovations, and the...
Report

Child protection in the time of COVID-19

This report presents child protection data for March to September 2020, with comparisons to 2019. Selected information is also presented on risk factors for child abuse, including income and housing stress, parental mental health, substance use, and domestic violence.
Report

Improving family violence legal and support services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women

This report identifies priorities for reducing and preventing violence against, and improving services for, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander women in the Victorian and New South Wales towns of Mildura and Albury–Wodonga. It examines the capabilities of frontline family violence services, both Aboriginal-controlled and...
Report

Family violence policies, legislation and services: improving access and suitability for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men

This report outlines research investigating the pathways of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men through the family violence legal and support service system, seeking better understanding of the opportunities for rehabilitation that are respectful and culturally responsive, and to see if these pathways enable positive...
Report

Safe and Together Addressing ComplexitY for Children (STACY for Children)

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...
Report

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.
Report

Responding to adolescent family violence: findings from an impact evaluation

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.