Early intervention services
Evaluation of the pre-court support for adolescents using violence in the home (AVITH) pilot: final evaluation report
This evaluation represents an important addition to the evolving understanding of the issue of adolescent violence in the home (AVITH) and, in particular, the way in which Victoria’s current family violence response drives young people into contact with the justice system.
Blueprint for a better future: paving the way for youth justice reform in Western Australia
This document outlines an evidence-based, alternative vision for a more effective and connected youth justice system in Western Australia. The report articulates a whole-of-system approach that responds to the underlying causes of offending to reduce crime, ensures the wellbeing of children and young people, and...
Domestic and family violence: a best practice guide for employers
The Business Council of Australia recognises that workplaces are likely to include both people who experience domestic and family violence (DFV), and people who perpetrate it. The intent of this guide is to provide businesses with information on how to best support employees experiencing, witnessing...
Setting the preschool foundation for success in mathematics
This paper presents the results of a four-year longitudinal study – including two years of preschool (age 4 years), kindergarten, and first grade – designed to identify the early quantitative competencies that predict readiness to learn mathematics at school entry.
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.
Helping hands: understanding Vietnamese offenders in Victoria
The Vietnamese community is the largest refugee community in Australia. This report is the outcome of a pilot project on Vietnamese offenders conducted in Victoria in 2020–2021.
Rural Outreach Program Evaluation end of year report 2020
This evaluation assesses the effectiveness of the Rural Outreach Program and makes recommendations regarding its future development. This report presents data collected between 1 January 2019 to 31 January 2021 inclusive.
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...
Legally minded: understanding how legal intervention can improve the lives of people with mental ill-health
This report presents the research findings and discussion drawn from eight interviews with Northern Community Legal Centre (NCLC) clients experiencing mental ill-health to explore the perceived impact of legal intervention on their lives.
Cultural adaptation of health interventions including a nutrition component in Indigenous peoples: a systematic scoping review
This paper is the first to characterise cultural adaptation strategies used in health interventions with a nutrition component for Indigenous peoples. While the majority used multiple cultural adaptation strategies, few focused on involving Indigenous constituents at a deep level.
Production and distribution of child sexual abuse material by parental figures
This report argues that there is a need for targeted research into the circumstances, patterns and dynamics of child sexual abuse material production perpetrated by parental figures, in order to inform strategies to prevent and detect offending parents.
Characteristics and outcomes associated with carers in Central and Eastern Sydney aged 45 years and over
Care is fundamental to family life and our community wellbeing. This study looked at a group of more than 30,000 people in the Central and Eastern Sydney region who were recruited to the Sax Institute’s 45 and Up Study around 2008, and have been followed...
Interventions in out-of-home care: an updated evidence and gap map
This report summarises the findings from an updated systematic search for high-quality evidence of the impact that different out-of-home care (OOHC) interventions have on particular child and youth outcomes. These have been mapped to create an evidence and gap map.
Keeping families together through COVID-19: the strengthened case for early intervention
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.
The Intervention Scalability Assessment Tool: a pilot study assessing five interventions for scalability
The Intervention Scalability Assessment Tool (ISAT) facilitates assessment and decision making on the potential scalability of population health interventions and demonstrates its potential for use in real-world settings.
Developmental vulnerability and contact with the child protection system
This Evidence to Action Note outlines key findings from the NSW-CDS study, ‘Timing of the first report and highest level of child protection response in association with early developmental vulnerabilities in an Australian population cohort.’
Redesign of a homelessness service system for young people
This research identifies measures that could reduce youth homelessness and lead to improved outcomes for young people who experience homelessness. The findings are based on a community-level analysis of special homelessness services (SHS) data and sites of innovation in three states: South Australia, NSW and...
Beyond “prevention is better than cure”: understanding prevention and early intervention as an approach to public policy
This paper draws on insights from the policy making literature to identify key themes that support the development of prevention and early intervention as an approach to public policy.
National suicide monitoring of serving and ex-serving Australian Defence Force personnel: 2019 update
This report provides annual updates to information on the level of suicide among serving and ex-serving ADF personnel with at least 1 day of ADF service since 2001 across three service status groups.
The economic case for early intervention in the child protection and out-of-home care system in Victoria
This report makes the economic case for additional, long‑term investment in targeted early intervention and intensive family preservation to prevent children entering out‑of‑home care in Victoria.
Lost, not forgotten
This inquiry report examines the deaths by suicide of 35 children and young people within 12 months of their involvement in child protection over the period 1 April 2007–1 April 2019. The report highlights the chasm between formal, coercive child protection interventions, and a child...
How Australia can invest in children and return more
This study into the benefits and opportunities from ‘early intervention’ calls for an overhaul of government policies to ensure at-risk children receive vital support services at a much earlier stage.
The case for change: integrated prevention and response to violence, abuse and neglect in NSW Health
This resource presents a discussion of the evidence driving integrated prevention and response to violence, abuse and neglect in NSW, and aims to support NSW Health and partner organisations to “champion” integrated care initiatives through a shared understanding of the nature and impacts of clients’...
Report of the government inquiry into mental health and addiction
The catalyst for this inquiry was widespread concern about mental health services, within the mental health sector and the broader community, and calls for a wide-ranging inquiry from service users, their families and whānau, people affected by suicide, people working in health, media, Iwi and...
National survey of FaRS‑funded service providers
This report contains the results of a mixed methods research study exploring the characteristics and activities of Department of Social Services’ funded Family and Relationship Services (FaRS) and Specialised Family Violence Services (SFVS). The results from this research will help to inform future service delivery...