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Accountability and User Participation in Chinese Child Welfare Non-Government Organisations Current

Funding Agency: Australian Research Council - Linkage Program
People Involved: Xiaoyuan Shang, Karen Fisher

Millions of children now rely on support from Chinese child welfare nongovernment organisations. The government is reforming NGO policy in response to public demands about service quality, but it lacks relevant research. The established team of Chinese social policy researchers at UNSW, London…

Adoption from Out-of-Home Care Current

Funding Agency: NSW Family and Community Services
People Involved: kylie valentine, Ilan Katz, BJ Newton

Children who cannot live with their parents live in out-of-home care (OOHC); in Australia this is almost always in the home of foster or kinship carers. In many jurisdictions carers adopt children in their care but recently this has been rare in Australia. Current policy aims are to increase the…

Advance statements in mental health care Current

Funding Agency: Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District
People Involved: Gianfranco Giuntoli, Karen Fisher, Sandra Gendera, Ilan Katz

Development and introduction in the Nepean Blue Mountains Local Health District (NBMLHD)

This project aims to ensure that people who live in the NBMLHD and who experience mental illness and mental distress have the opportunity to develop their own Advance Statement, which is a tool to support…

Analysis of Information about Australia's Charitable Sector Current

Funding Agency: Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC)
People Involved: Natasha Cortis

The Social Policy Research Centre worked with the Centre for Social Impact (UNSW) to analyse data collected by the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC). This provided a profile of Australia's charitable sector, building understanding of trends in charities' activities,…

Child Protection Education Current

Funding Agency: NSW Department of Education
People Involved: Ilan Katz, Ciara Smyth

This project involves a literature review and stakeholder consultation on child protection and respectful relationships education and best practice in school settings, to be conducted between November 2015 and March 2016.


Child Protection and Respectful Relationships Education and…

Deprivation and Exclusion among Young People (DEYP) Current

Funding Agency: Australian Research Council - Linkage Program
People Involved: Peter Saunders, Megan Bedford, Elizabeth Adamson, Melissa Wong

This project aims to better understand the different ways that young people experience poverty and other forms of social disadvantage. Its focus is on finding out more about how young people in NSW between the ages of 12 and 16 (in school years 7-10) perceive and experience material deprivation…

Early Review of Specialist Homelessness Services Program Current

Funding Agency: Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute
People Involved: kylie valentine, Fredrick Zmudzki, Ciara Smyth

This research investigated the reform to the NSW Specialist Homelessness Services (SHS) Program. The NSW Department of Family and Community Services commissioned AHURI and SPRC to conduct an Early Review of the reform, known as Going Home Staying Home (GHSH). The Early Review is the first…

Evaluation of Men's Behaviour Change Program Pilots Current

Funding Agency: NSW Ministry of Health
People Involved: kylie valentine, Gianfranco Giuntoli

The NSW Government is piloting four community-based men’s behaviour change programs (MBCPs). The MBCPs are a specialist service for men who use violence and abuse in their intimate, domestic and family relationships. SPRC will be conducting an evaluation of the pilot programs over a 2-year…

Evaluation of the Child Sexual Offence Evidence Pilot Current

Funding Agency: NSW Government Department of Justice
People Involved: Ilan Katz, kylie valentine

The Child Sexual Offence Evidence Pilot (the Pilot) represents a key initiative by the NSW Government to strengthen the criminal justice response to child sexual abuse. 

The Pilot seeks to introduce measures to reduce the difficulties for child witnesses so as to lessen the stress and…

Evaluation of the Settlement Grants Program Current

Funding Agency: Australian Government Department of Social Services
People Involved: Ilan Katz, Ciara Smyth, Gianfranco Giuntoli, Sandra Gendera

The Department of Social Services  commissioned the Social Policy Research Centre to conduct an independent evaluation of the appropriateness and effectiveness of the Settlement Grants activity. The overall aim of the evaluation is to inform future policy making and program delivery, as well…