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School-age follow-up of the Early Home Learning Study

This study will examine whether the benefits to toddlers shown in this early intervention program designed to improve parent-child interaction continue throughout the school years.

What influences parental engagement in early intervention programs?

Poor participant engagement undermines the benefits of early intervention parenting programs. This study explores the factors influencing recruitment and retention.

Changing practice cultures in statutory child protection

How a framework for improving the quality and effectiveness of child protection work enabled workers to build stronger relationships with families.

Child protection: engaging with parents

This review aimed to identify and synthesise strategies for engaging parents with workers in statutory child protection services and other agencies that work with families involved in the child protection system.

Talking about the science of parenting

This report is designed to help change the conversation about parenting. If we want to give children the best chance of healthy development we need to better support the parents who care for them. We can do this by using and sharing what we know from research.

Supported playgroups for children from birth to five years

This Evidence Brief looked at two systematic reviews and three single studies to summarise the current state of knowledge about the impact of supported playgroups for children from birth to five years.

Parenting Today in Victoria: a comprehensive survey

This survey looks at the concerns, needs and behaviours of Victorian parents, including one of the largest groups of fathers

Review of parenting interventions in Australia

Evidence review: An analysis of the evidence for parenting interventions in Australia

Improving child language, cognition and communication

This Evidence Brief reports on the impact of family and parenting support programs and home visiting on language, cognitive and communication outcomes for children.

Improving physical health and wellbeing outcomes for children

This Evidence Brief looked at seven high-quality systematic reviews reporting on the impact of parenting and family support interventions and home visiting on child physical health and wellbeing.

Improving social outcomes for children

This Evidence Brief pulled together the findings of 27 high-quality systematic reviews to report on the impact of family and parenting support programs and home visiting on social outcomes for children.

Submission: Parenting support’s role in protecting child rights

Our submission to the National Children's Commissioner says parenting support is critical to better outcomes for children

Improving emotional outcomes for children

This Evidence Brief looked at 27 high-quality systematic reviews that investigated the impact of family and parenting interventions on child emotional outcomes. 

Review of case management with vulnerable families

This review assessed the evidence to support case management models for vulnerable families

Intensive service models for vulnerable families

This review looked at the evidence for interventions suitable for families involved in the child welfare system.

Information technology support for parents

Rapid evidence assessment: do technology-based parenting interventions improve parent skills and outcomes?

Enabling choice, recovery and participation

Evidence-based early intervention support for psychosocial disability in the National Disability Insurance Scheme

Child protection and domestic violence service collaboration

Facilitating the Collaborative Interface between Child Protection and Specialist Domestic Violence Services: A Scoping Review.

Fathers’ psychological distress in early parenting

Trajectories of fathers' psychological distress across the early parenting period: Implications for parenting

Contemporary experiences of parents today

Parenting Today: Development and methodology of a state-wide representative survey of contemporary parenting experiences

Submission: Support for new parents and babies in NSW

Our submission to the NSW parliamentary inquiry into new parents and babies says most parents can parent well with the right support

Parents’ fear about children’s independent mobility

What influences parents’ fear about children’s independent mobility? Evidence from a state-wide survey of Australian parents

Perceptions of parenting: mapping gaps in understanding

Much of the public discourse about parenting does not agree with the evidence that parenting is a skill learned on the job

Let’s Talk About Children: a family focused intervention

‘Let's Talk About Children’: Investigating the Use of a Family-focused Intervention in the Gambling Support Services Sector

Prevalence of mental illness within regional families

Prevalence of mental illness within families in a regional child-focussed mental health service

The importance of hope when living with severe mental illness

Hope, recovery and symptoms: the importance of hope for people living with severe mental illness

Psychological trauma in the context of familial relationships

Psychological trauma in the context of familial relationships: A concept analysis

Parent perspectives of adolescent school support

Contrasting disclosure practices and experiences of school support for Australian adolescents with cancer, cystic fibrosis and anorexia nervosa

Applying intervention mapping for early childhood educators

Applying Intervention Mapping to develop an early childhood educators’ intervention promoting parent–child relationships

Mothers’ experiences of observational and reported assessments

Mothers' experiences of parent-reported and video-recorded observational assessments

An Australian-first recovery model for parents

Developing an Australian-first recovery model for parents in Victorian mental health and family services: a study protocol for an RCT

Parenting programs to improve Indigenous child outcomes

Parenting interventions for Indigenous child psychosocial functioning: A scoping review

A qualitative study of children’s independent mobility

'Worries’, ‘weirdos', neighbourhoods and knowing people: A qualitative study with parents and children of children’s independent mobility

Enhancing parenting and the home learning environment

Impact of a Brief Group Intervention to Enhance Parenting and the Home Learning Environment for Children Aged 6-36 Months

Family-focussed practice: workforce characteristics

Thinking families: A study of the characteristics of the workforce that delivers family-focussed practice

Early educators supporting parent-child relationships

Early childhood education and care educators supporting parent-child relationships: A systematic literature review

Depression and anger in fathers of unsettled infants

Depression and anger in fathers of unsettled infants: A community cohort study

Parents with intellectual disabilities in Australia

Identifying prevalence and demographic data on parents with intellectual disabilities in Australia

Interventions for children exposed to trauma

Evidence summary: This Evidence Summary examines the evidence for interventions for helping children exposed to trauma

Enhancing the early home learning environment

Enhancing the early home learning environment: Study protocol and baseline sample characteristics for a cluster randomised controlled trial

Raising community awareness of parenting

Analysis summary: Raising community awareness of parenting

Preventing postnatal mental disorders in primiparous women

Gender-informed, psychoeducational programme for couples to prevent postnatal common mental disorders among primiparous women

Peer support interventions for parents

Evidence summary: Peer support interventions for parents


Evidence summary: Evidence for out-of-home care

Evidence review: Analysis of the evidence for out-of-home care - which interventions are supported by evidence?

Recruiting and engaging parents in online interventions

Comparison of methods for recruiting and engaging parents in online interventions: Study protocol for the Cry Baby program

Developing a parenting self-regulation scale

Development and preliminary validation of a parenting self-regulation scale: “Me as a Parent”

Review for Royal Commission on previous inquiries

Implementation of recommendations arising from previous inquiries of relevance to the Royal Commission into Child Sexual Abuse

Effective evidence-based interventions for family violence

Submission to the Royal Commission into Family Violence (Victoria): Effective evidence-based interventions for family violence

Evaluating peer support groups for caregivers

Brief online surveys to monitor and evaluate facilitated peer support groups for caregivers of children with special needs

The Healthy Migrant Families Initiative: an obesity intervention

The Healthy Migrant Families Initiative: Development of a culturally competent obesity prevention intervention for African migrants

Pre-employment screening to prevent child sexual abuse

Scoping review: Evaluations of pre-employment screening practices for child-related work that aim to prevent child sexual abuse

Fathers’ mental health when children have intellectual disability

Risk factors associated with the mental health of fathers of children with an intellectual disability in Australia

Children with cerebral palsy: activities and participation

Activities and participation of children with cerebral palsy: Parent perspectives

Mental health impacts on parents with intellectual disability

Parent mental health as a mediator of contextual effects on parents with intellectual disabilities and their children

Review of evidence on interventions dealing with childhood trauma

Approaches targeting outcomes for children exposed to trauma arising from abuse and neglect – Evidence, practice and implications

Supporting parents and early childhood parenting services

Submission to the Productivity Commission Inquiry into childcare and early learning: Supporting parents and early childhood parenting services

Review of evidence for out-of-home care interventions

Evidence review: Analysis of the evidence for out-of-home care


Parents of vulnerable children: review of interventions

Evidence review: An analysis of the evidence for parenting interventions for parents of vulnerable children aged up to six years

Journal publication archive: published research 2007-2013

Browse our archive of published research from 2007 to 2013


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