Workshop: Using competence-based models for parents with learning difficulties

Professionals interested in developing their knowledge and skills in working with parents with intellectual disabilities are invited to a full-day Parenting Research Centre workshop with international expert Professor Maurice Feldman.

Learn about the Step-by-Step Parenting Program, an empirically-supported, competence-based model for parents with learning difficulties and their children. The workshop will also cover:

  • How to provide a comprehensive parenting assessment using a contextual model that examines external and internal influences on effective parenting.
  • How to apply the model to assessments that include direct observation of parenting skills.
  • Practical application of the content using a case study and observational parenting checklists.

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Cost: $127.99

Date: Wednesday 29 November 2017
Time: 9.00am – 5.00am


Rydges on Swanston
701 Swanston Street
Melbourne VIC 3000

Refreshments: Morning, afternoon tea and lunch provided

Registration closing date: Monday 27 November 2017

Enquiries: Cathy Grant at P: (03) 8660 3500 or E:

Brisbane event: Contemporary trends in parenting support

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Policymakers, researchers and practitioners in the health, education and welfare sectors will hear about the latest trends in parenting support from Parenting Research Centre leaders in Brisbane next month.

Our free Brisbane breakfast event, Contemporary trends in parenting support, will be held on 9 November and will cover current thinking on parenting support and its importance to policy development and service delivery.

This event will interest policymakers, researchers and practitioners who are committed to creating new and improved evidence-based pathways to help families reach their goals.

Acting CEO Ms Annette Michaux and Executive Director of the Raising Children Network Associate Professor Julie Green will share their insights on:

  • ways of thinking about parenting support
  • types of parenting support practice and platforms
  • use of evidence in improving outcomes for children.

Admission is free but places are limited so register today.

Date and time
Thursday 9 November 2017
7.30am – 9.00am

Mercure Brisbane
85-87 North Quay
Brisbane QLD 4003

Refreshments: light breakfast supplied; please advise us of any special dietary needs
Registration closing date: Friday 27 October 2017
Enquiries: Maria Battaglia or phone (03) 8660 3589

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Perceptions of parenting: further research

The 2016 report Perceptions of parenting by the FrameWorks Institute mapped the gaps between expert and public understandings of effective parenting.

FrameWorks will conduct further research to identify how to frame issues about parenting and parenting support in a way that resonates with both policymakers and the general public.

We have commissioned this research in partnership with New South Wales Government Department of Social Services and of Family and Community Services, Victorian Government Department of Education and Training, and The Benevolent Society.

The new research will investigate how to address public thinking about parenting and child development. It will look more specifically at how to build public understanding of effective parenting and support. It will also suggest practical guidelines on how to effect changes at a policy level that can better support parents in Australia.

Dr Nat Kendall-Taylor, FrameWorks CEO, recently gave a TedX talk on the processes used to investigate how people make decisions, and how understanding culture and behavioural science can be used to communicate complex issues and shape policy.

Information support for grandparents

Raising Children Network offers information and support for grandparents who are full-time carers, as well as grandparents who look after their grandchildren from time to time.

Recognising that grandparents need extra support in connecting with services and reducing social isolation, Raising Children Network invited local grandparent and kinship carers to free local events in New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and West Australia.

The events helped grandparents connect with other carers and local support services.

Go to the website for dedicated resources on grandparent, kinship and non-parent carers. 

Evaluating improvements in casework practice

An evaluation of Practice First, a major reform initiative in the New South Wales child welfare sector, has found that the model made a difference to organisational culture and casework practice.

Practice First was designed for statutory child protection work, ranging from assessment through to out-of-home care. The model incorporates strategies to strengthen caseworker skills and capability, and reduce administrative burden.

Caseworkers reported that spending more time with families aided assessment, decision making, and relationships with families. Practice First helped workers improve their engagement with children, carers and other agencies. It also strengthened the focus on child-centred practice. One parent receiving the service even noted: 'My case worker now is solution-focused and knows when to bring up issues'.

Commissioned by the Department of Family and Community Services (FACS), the evaluation was led by the Parenting Research Centre in partnership with the University of Melbourne and the Social Policy Research Centre, University of New South Wales.

‘The evaluation is critical to understanding how an innovative approach to child protection practice and reform can be improved,’ said Parenting Research Centre Director, Ms Annette Michaux.

‘A crucial factor in the successful implementation of new ways of working is combining practical lessons from service delivery systems with insights from community leaders and families. The evaluation suggests that the adaptive capacity of services can lead to improvements in practice and in staff satisfaction and turnover.’

The evaluation was conducted with 24 FACS Community Service Centres in New South Wales. There is evidence that some of the principles behind Practice First have started to influence practice in non‐Practice First sites. But as there are other reform initiatives in the state, it is difficult to separate out the effects of Practice First independently within this context. This presents an opportunity to further develop Practice First as a solid platform to implement evidence-based practice in child protection services.