STACY for Children
Safe and Together Addressing ComplexitY focussing on children
The project comprises two studies. The first, a quantitative study, will use a comparative study of control sites and a site in which the Model has been implemented to answer these questions:
- How have interactions with the statutory agency changed since the implementation of the DFV-informed Safe & Together approach to child protection in select regions?
- Are there higher rates of DFV identified by statutory child protection practitioners who have implemented the Safe & Together Model than other practitioners who have not implemented the Model?
- What are the impacts of intersecting complexities of DFV, AOD and MH on children and their trajectory with child protection?
The second study, a qualitative analysis, will use case studies of adult survivors, perpetrators of violence and abuse, and children and young people (age 9–18 years) who have experienced a response from a worker trained in the Safe & Together Model, as well as practitioners who have implemented the Safe &Together Model. Participants will be drawn from sites in Victoria, NSW and Queensland. It will aim to answer these questions:
- How do individual family members experience the interventions they receive?
- How have practitioners experienced the implementation of the collaborative Safe & Together Model within and across their organisations?
This project builds on earlier ANROWS projects, including the PATRICIA project (PaThways and Research Into Collaborative Inter-Agency practice) and Invisible Practices: Interventions with fathers who use violence, both of which drew on the Safe & Together Model. It has been developed in collaboration with the Queensland Department for Child Safety, Youth and Women.
Principal Chief Investigator
Professor Cathy Humphreys, Professor of Social Work, Department of Social Work, University of Melbourne
Dr Arno Parolini, Senior Research Fellow, Department of Social Work, University of Melbourne
Dr Lucy Healey, Senior Research Fellow, Department of Social Work, University of Melbourne
Dr Menka Tsantefski, Senior Lecturer, Department of Human Services and Social Work, Griffith University
Dr Susan Heward-Belle, Senior Lecturer, School of Education and Social Work, University of Sydney
Dr Margaret Kertesz, University of Melbourne
Jasmin Isolde, University of Melbourne
Wei Wu Tan, University of Melbourne
Professor Patrick O’Leary, Griffith University
Amy Young, Griffith University