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ASELCC Research Coordinator Current

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

The Autism Specific Early Learning and Care Centres (ASELCC) Research Coordinator role, funded by the Department of Social Services for three years (2016-18), is the continuation of a role performed by the Social Policy Research Centre (SPRC) in 2014 and 2015. The Research Coordinator role…

Aboriginal Policy Scan Current

Funding Agency: NSW Office of Communities - Aboriginal Affairs
People Involved: Ilan Katz

The Social Policy Research Centre has been commissioned to conduct an environmental scan of policies relevant to Aboriginal people in NSW. The scan includes policies across all portfolios (including economic policy) directed at Aboriginal people, or policy that includes Aboriginal people as a…

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 - Ageing, Disability & Home Care (ADHC)
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,…

Analysis of Poverty in Australia (2011-12) Current

Funding Agency: Australian Council of Social Service
People Involved: Peter Saunders

This is the third in a series of reports on poverty that SPRC has produced for a consortium of leading community sector organisations headed by ACOSS. This report provides new estimates of poverty using the latest Australian Bureau of Statistics data for 2011-12 and examines how poverty has…

Are the Kids Alright? Understanding the wellbeing of Australian children in their middle years Current

Funding Agency: Australian Research Council
People Involved: Gerry Redmond, Jen Skattebol, Peter Saunders

As a new child-centred study, The Australian Child Wellbeing Project involved young people’s perspectives to design and conduct Australia’s first major nationally representative and internationally comparable survey of wellbeing among children aged 8-14 years. Particular attention was…

Background Paper on Urbanization, Migration, Climate Change and Children in China Current

Funding Agency: UNICEF China
People Involved: Bingqin Li, Megan Blaxland, Karen Fisher, Peter Saunders

UNICEF China has commissioned the Social Policy Research Centre to produce a background paper that examines child rights in China in the context of migration, urbanisation and climate change.

Becoming and Being an Integrated Organisation Current

Funding Agency: SDN Children's Services
People Involved: Deb Brennan, kylie valentine, Natasha Cortis

This project is monitoring and assessing the journey of SDN Children’s Services in ‘becoming and being’ an integrated organisation. In particular, the project is exploring the antecedents of SDN’s decision to become and integrated organisation; the experience of transition…