WACOSS and the Noongar Child Protection Council are undertaking a three-year project supported by Lotterywest to work with Aboriginal Community Controlled Services (ACCOs) to evaluate the effectiveness of prevention and early intervention services in reducing the numbers of Aboriginal children in the WA child protection system.
The project has two key aims:
- To bring together ACCOs involved in children and family services across WA to co-design a participatory action research project to evaluate early intervention family support services.
We want to answer the questions about how and when to most effectively engage with at risk families to deliver better outcomes. This includes referral and engagement strategies, as well as family support models.
- To demonstrate the effectiveness of early intervention strategies in reducing poor life outcomes for children and families and the associated long-term costs to the service system.
We want to be able to provide convincing evidence of the economic and social benefits of early intervention by ACCOs to convince governments to invest in more effective community-based services and supports.
The first critical stage of the project will be identifying and engaging with ACCO services across WA to map current services and supports, then bringing together key stakeholders for the co-design phase of the project. At the same time it will involve undertaking a desktop study of research and analysis in this field, looking at models and practices in other jurisdictions, and providing advice about evaluation methodologies and strategies for measuring the benefits of intervening early (and the costs of not doing so). It is imperative to us that the project is inclusive and culturally secure. It is also critical that the research and evaluation is meeting the needs of ACCO services to share and better understand effective practice, and that the results of our work is understood, interpreted, owned and applied by them.
We are seeking expressions of interest from a person to undertake the critical project management and service networking roles. These activities could be delivered separately by different people as one-off tasks. Successful applicant/s will be able to meaningfully and safely engage relevant stakeholders and communities, have good research skills, an ability to operate well in a fast paced and changing environment, and use initiative to work independently.
Project worker/s recruited will depend upon the suitability of applicants to undertake the different aspects of this work. This could be in a full-time or part-time role employed by the project, a part-time or full-time secondment into the project, or a research collaboration agreement funded through the project. All terms and conditions will be negotiated with successful applicants (or organisations).
To register your interest for this work, please submit a current resume and brief statement outlining your suitability to email@example.com. For more information please phone Chris Twomey, 9420 7222. Potential project team members will be contacted in late October.