Report on implementation of recommendations relevant to the Royal Commission

The Royal Commission has released a report that assesses the extent to which 288 recommendations from 67 previous relevant inquiries have been implemented. It also highlights factors that determined, contributed to, or were barriers to successful implementation.

The report, Implementation of recommendations arising from previous inquiries of relevance to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, was prepared by the Parenting Research Centre.

Some of the findings include:

  • 64% of recommendations were implemented either in full (48%) or partially (16%)
  • 21% of recommendations were rated as not implemented (14% could not be determined)
  • successful implementation of recommendations was more likely where processes and structures that support implementation, strong leadership and stakeholder engagement were established
  • barriers to implementation of recommendations included resource and structural constraints and organisational culture.

See the full report and attachments in our resources section.

Read more in the Royal Commission media release.

Parenting Research Centre brokers an Australian first

In an Australian first, home-visiting practitioners have recently been trained in the internationally renowned and evidence-based SafeCare model.

SafeCare sees trained practitioners support parents in enhancing their positive interactions with children, keeping homes safe and improving child health.  

Through leadership from the New South Wales Department of Family and Community Services, the Parenting Research Centre partnered with the National SafeCare Training and Research Center (NSTRC) of Georgia State University, USA, to conduct the first ever SafeCare training in Australia.  

“Four randomised control trials have shown that SafeCare significantly lowers reports of child abuse and neglect in families where children are considered at risk of maltreatment,” said Parenting Research Centre Director, Dr Robyn Mildon.  

“On the strength of this evidence the Parenting Research Centre has introduced SafeCare to a number of Australian governments and not-for-profit groups who themselves run home-based services to support families in preventing child neglect.

“As a leading intermediary organisation the Parenting Research Centre has assisted in adapting SafeCare to the Australian context and developing rigorous implementation support systems,” said Dr Mildon.  

The recent training involved representatives from the Department of Family and Community Services in Batemans Bay and Penrith, along with home-visiting practitioners from Wesley Mission’s Western Sydney Brighter Futures program.  

This training was made possible through funding from the New South Wales Department of Family and Community Services.

For more information about the opportunities SafeCare might offer your organisation please contact the Parenting Research Centre.  

Visit NSTRC for more information about the SafeCare model.

Preventing child abuse: role of pre-employment screening

We recently prepared a report that maps evaluations of pre-employment screening practices that aim to prevent child sexual abuse in child-related work. The report is a scoping review prepared with The University of Melbourne for the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

Studies included in this scoping review reported some promise with the use of criminal background checks but, while these have limited effectiveness when used as the only safeguard, they may be important components of pre-employment screening practices. Further, the studies suggest that background checks may be more effective when combined with other safeguards, such as thorough reference checks and verification of the applicant’s identity, employment history and qualifications.

Read the full report in our resources section.

Read our March newsletter

Our first newsletter for 2015 is now available. In this edition we highlight a recent review of the evidence relating to out-of-home care practices in preventing child sexual abuse, and how this work has informed the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

We also give an update on the delivery of smalltalk within culturally diverse communities in Victoria, share two new research publications, and invite you to read our Year in Review 2013-14.

Read the newsletter

Support for breastfeeding mums

Raising Children Network has released free online videos to help the almost 300,000 Australian women who each year start breastfeeding. The video resource includes an Australian-first animation on how to get the best attachment. The videos feature real stories from real mothers talking about what has worked for them and breastfeeding experts offering tips and answers to common questions such as: Is baby getting enough milk? Is baby properly attached? How long should a feed last?

Raising Children Network has collaborated with infant nutrition experts, including the Australian Breastfeeding Association, to support mums during and beyond the early days of breastfeeding.

This online resource is particularly helpful for women who spend only a short time in hospital after childbirth and in the first few days at home with a new baby go online looking for breastfeeding support.