Mothers and children with disability using early intervention services: Identifying and sharing promising practice
This project aims to document and improve practice for mainstream early intervention domestic and family violence services to better engage families with a child or parent with disability. In particular, it aims to develop an understanding of facilitators and barriers to early intervention support for families where: (a) domestic and family violence is a risk; and (b) disability in parents and/or children within the family impacts the support received.
Barriers and facilitators will be explored from multiple perspectives, including children (ages 8-18) with disability, mothers with disability, and staff in four Family Referral Services sites. Family Referral Services (FRS) are intended to assist children, young people, and families who do not meet the statutory threshold for child protection intervention, but would benefit from accessing specific services to address current problems, prevent escalation, and foster a protective and nurturing environment.
At a local practice level, this research will identify promising and effective practices in service delivery, disseminate information on these practices to a practice, policy and research audience, and contextualise those practices in relation to the established evidence base. At a programmatic and policy level, it will provide new knowledge on the circumstances in which women with disability, and women who are the mothers of children with disability, seek and are provided with effective support. At a conceptual level, it will advance understandings of the nature and prevention of violence experienced by women and children with disability, and the circumstances in which safer environments can be facilitated.
A/Prof kylie valentine, University of New South Wales
Dr Sally Robinson, Southern Cross University, NSW
Dr BJ Newton, Social Policy Research Centre, University of New South Wales
Southern NSW Family Referral Service (MacKillop)
Western NSW Family Referral Service (Uniting)
Western Sydney Family Referral Service (Relationships Australia NSW)
Northern NSW Family Referral Service (Social Futures)
Women with disability, women who live in rural and remote areas (as explicit topic).
Funded by Australian Commonwealth, state and territory governments under ANROWS’s 2014 core grant round.