Analysis of linked longitudinal administrative data on child protection involvement for NSW families with domestic and family violence, drug and alcohol issues and mental health issues
The aim of this research is to produce population statistics to strengthen the evidence base for children and young people impacted by intersecting risk factors of domestic and family violence, drug and alcohol issues and mental health issues. The analysis will focus on New South Wales, and in particular rural or geographically remote areas.
The NSW Human Services Dataset will be analysed using univariate and multiple regression modelling. Descriptive statistics will identify prevalence of co-occurrence of DFV, AOD and MHI with child protection statutory involvement and service usage before entry into OOHC, and geographic distribution of multiple risk factors by postcode. Multiple regression models will be used to estimate the predictive power of multiple risk factors (joint DFV, AOD and MHI) in explaining children’s entry into OOHC as well as assess whether participation in intensive family support services is associated with entry into care for families with multiple risk factors.
This project will generate new evidence about the prevalence of DFV, AOD and MHI and the interdependence of these issues for families with child protection involvement. For the first time, this study will produce prevalence rates of multiple risk factors, time trends, geographic clusters by postcode in New South Wales, and the predictive power of multiple risk factors for children’s entry into OOHC. Recognising the limited access to services in rural and regional areas, analyses by postcode will shed light on how families affected by multiple risk factors and child protection involvement cluster geographically – knowledge that will inform local service planning.
Associate Professor Amy Conley Wright, Director, Research Centre for Children and Families, The University of Sydney
Professor Stefanie Schurer, Professor of Economics and Leader of Economics of Human Development research node at the Charles Perkins Centre, The University of Sydney
Dr Betty Luu, Research Associate, Research Centre for Children and Families, The University of Sydney
Associate Professor Susan Heward-Belle, Senior Lecturer in Social Work and Associate Director, Research Centre for Children and Families, The University of Sydney
Dr Susan Collings, Research Fellow, Research Centre for Children and Families, The University of Sydney
Dr Emma Barrett, Senior Research Fellow and Forensic Psychologist, The Matilda Centre for Research in Mental Health and Substance Use, The University of Sydney
Human Services Data Set Governance Advisory Committee FACS Insights, Analysis and Research (FACSIAR)
This project is funded by Australian Commonwealth, state and territory governments under ANROWS’s 2020–2022 Core Grant round.