Menu of evidence: children and family services
The Menu of Evidence (the Menu) is an online portal and searchable repository of the best available evidence on what works for improving outcomes for children, young people, families, and carers.
Healing our children and young people: a framework to address the impacts of domestic and family violence
Lisa Hillan, Eva Ruggiero, Jennifer Parsons, Gareth Prior, Lela Idagi, Rachel Bruce, A.Twist, Tracy Gray
This resource is for policy-makers and practitioners working with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children who have experienced domestic and family violence and have come into contact with child protection systems.
A rapid evidence review of early childhood programs to reduce harm and maltreatment and improve school readiness
This report details the findings of two rapid evidence reviews undertaken by Western Sydney University in 2021 to build the body of evidence about reducing harm and/or maltreatment for vulnerable children aged 0-5 years and improving school readiness for vulnerable children under six years of...
Young people under youth justice supervision and their interaction with the child protection system 2020–21
This report presents information on young people under youth justice supervision during 2020–21 who had an interaction with the child protection system in the 5 years between 1 July 2016 and 30 June 2021.
Are children who are known to child protection services more likely to be suspended from school?
This paper reports findings from NSW Child Development Study (CDS) looking at the connection between child protection contact and primary school suspensions and discusses the implications for policy and practice in supporting children who are suspended from school.
Lived experience voices
This report finds that young people are having to leave child protection and youth justice systems without adequate preparation for life and are disproportionately over-represented amongst Australia’s homeless population.
Compliance with and enforcement of family law parenting orders: final report
This mixed-method project was designed to examine the drivers of non-compliance with parenting orders and the operation of the parenting order enforcement regime in Australia. This report sets out findings from contravention matter court file analysis, an online survey of separated parents with parenting orders...
How children who exit out-of-home care to Guardianship Orders are faring: cognitive abilities
This is the third report in the series of analyses using data from the Pathways of Care Longitudinal Study (POCLS) to examine the outcomes of children and young people who exited Out-of-Home Care (OOHC) to guardianship orders.
How children who exit out-of-home care to Guardianship Orders are faring: achieving relational permanency
This is the fourth report in the series of analyses using data from the Pathways of Care Longitudinal Study (POCLS) to examine the outcomes of children and young people who exited out-of-home care (OOHC) to guardianship orders.
ldentifying strategies to better support foster, kinship and permanent carers: final report
This is the final report from the research project 'Identifying Strategies to Better Support Foster, Kinship and Permanent Carers'. This project was undertaken by the Australian Institute of Family Studies and Murawin, an Aboriginal research and evaluation consultancy.
Oranga Tamariki action plan
The Oranga Tamariki action plan aims to promote wellbeing for children, young people and families with the greatest needs, by enabling government agencies to work more effectively together and support whānau and communities.
Two years, too long: mapping action on the Harm Panel’s findings
This report has been prepared to mark the second anniversary of the publication of the UK Ministry of Justice expert 'Harm Panel’s' report. It aims to map the progress that has occurred over the last two years to learn from the panel’s findings and implement...
This audit was conducted to establish if the Victorian Department of Families, Fairness and Housing is supporting timely, stable and quality placements for children and young people through the new kinship care model.
Next steps for our kids 2022–2030
This ACT government strategy document outlines their ambitious plan to reform out-of-home care and child protection in the ACT over the next 8 years.
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...
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...
Keeping kids safe and well - your voices
This report conveys the views of children, young people and families collected by the National Children’s Commissioner in face-to-face and online consultations and surveys between May and July 2021.
What should be changed to support young people?
This report explores the themes of the Youth19 open-text survey responses for young people who have ever been involved with Oranga Tamariki or Child Youth and Family Services in New Zealand.
Profile of children and young people in WA 2022
This report provides demographic and statistical information about the children and young people in Western Australia, in particular those who might be experiencing vulnerability and hardship.
Compliance with and enforcement of family law parenting orders: views of professionals and judicial officers
This report summarises the views of 343 professionals who work with separated parents and chose to complete an online survey, and 11 judicial officers who exercise family law jurisdiction and participated in one-on-one interviews. The survey instrument was designed to elicit views on a range...
Enabling the public health approach to protecting children
This paper reports the results of a project that was undertaken to find out what is known about systems that enable the public health approach to protecting children.
Safe and supported: the national framework for protecting Australia's children
This report outlines Australia’s framework to reduce child abuse and neglect and its intergenerational impacts.
Experiences and service needs of children in out-of-home care 5-12 years of age with cognitive and/or behaviour problems
This paper examines the experiences and service needs of children in out-of-home care (OOHC) with cognitive and/or behavioural problems using information collected through the Pathways of Care Longitudinal Study (POCLS).
A guide for children and young people to the National strategy to prevent and respond to child sexual abuse (2021-2030) and its action plans
This guide is intended to help children and young people understand child sexual abuse, how and where to get help, and how the national strategy is improving Australia’s response to child sexual abuse. It is recommended for children aged 9 years and up.
National strategy to prevent and respond to child sexual abuse 2021–2030
This strategy is the first of its kind in Australia, and provides a nationally coordinated, strategic framework for preventing and responding to child sexual abuse. It seeks to reduce the risk, extent and impact of child sexual abuse and related harms in Australia.