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Karina Chicote

Year of Award: 2018 Award State: Western Australia Social Welfare > Children Care And Protection
The Department for Child Protection and Family Support Churchill Fellowship to understand the mechanisms which enable effective cross-sector intervention for vulnerable children - New Zealand, USA, Canada
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Summary of Recommendations: 

  • Undertake action research involving screening for adverse childhood experiences on a Western Australian population, to provide Australian based evidence 
  • Explore ways to better apply the adverse childhood experiences study findings and the First 1000 days research systemically
  • Explore the use of the ACE questionnaire as a screening tool for new parents, as a way of identifying vulnerable parents early 
  • Consider the Western Australian application or replication of the findings from the ‘The Centre for Social Data Analytics at Auckland University of Technology - Protective factors of children and families at highest risk of adverse childhood experiences’ study, for screening for protective factors 
  • Explore the use of the ACE questionnaire as a screening tool, as a way of identifying vulnerable children early 
  • Once released, consider the Western Australian application of the findings of the Paediatric ACEs Screening and Resilience Study randomized control trial, conducted by the Centre for Youth Wellness, UCSF Benioff Children’s Oakland, and the Adversity Bio-Core (ABC) Bank at the UCSF School of Medicine and Pharmacy 
  • A two-generation early childhood intervention strategy should inform state and/or local early intervention strategies aimed at breaking the cycle of intergenerational disadvantage Early intervention services should be provided with the appropriate resourcing to allow for a two-generation approach, including appropriately qualified teams of staff
  • Explore the adaption of the Friends of the Children model to the Western Australian context, for strategies that support children through their childhood and adolescents 
  • Where funded services are currently prescriptive, allow for more flexible service response to meet the varying needs of families. This may include providing a parameter rather than a maximum e.g. offering a service for 12-18 months oppose to a set maximum.
  • Explore opportunities to leverage current linked administrative data projects such as the WA Data Linkage System, to support government to take a life-time view of service users and inform more effective government spending
  • Explore and resource collaborative models which will enable place-based two-generation early childhood intervention strategies

Keywords: Intergenerational disadvantage, childhood, ACE, cross-sector intervention, early intervention, trauma

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