OzChild is committed to ensuring vulnerable children, young people and their families are provided with the most effective support and interventions available. In our strategic plan this commitment is captured in our number 1 Goal – Strengthen our Impact.
During 2014 OzChild began a journey of seeking out the most relevant and impactful programs available for vulnerable children, young people and families that could be confidently brought into the Australian cultural context. We intentionally looked at programs backed by high quality international research, demonstrating that the intervention is effective for the intended client group. They are characterised by a clearly articulated theory, comprehensive staff training manuals, model adherence measures and on-going quality assurance systems. Each of the evidence based programs selected have been chosen because they have been shown to consistently achieve outstanding results for vulnerable children and young people and their families.
Evidence Based Services in Victoria
As an organisation we invested in the establishment of three programs in Victoria in 2015, SafeCare, Functional Family Therapy- Child Welfare (FFT-CW) and Treatment Foster Care Oregon (TFCO). Consistent with our ways of working and Vision we established two of these programs in collaboration with Anglicare Victoria and the Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency (VACCA).
All three programs are offered in the Southern Division of Victorian Department of Health and Human Services and referrals can be made through the local Child First Consortium or DHHS Office.
Contact ChildFIRST on: 1300 721 383
In April 2017, OzChild is now proud to expand its evidence based services into New South Wales.
The Department of Family and Community Services (FACs) has awarded OzChild responsibility for delivering local Intermediary Services in support of two evidence based programs throughout NSW.
- Functional Family Therapy – Child Welfare (FFT-CW)
- Multisystemic Therapy for Child Abuse and Neglect (MST-CAN)
This work will be carried out in close cooperation with The New York Foundling (the International Intermediary), the program developers of both FFT-CW and MST-CAN and FACs.
Evidence Based Services in New South Wales
OzChild will be delivering FFT-CW both High Risk and Low Risk Tracks along with Multi-Systemtic Therapy – Child Abuse and Neglect (MST-CAN) in Ingleburn, Macarthur, St. Marys, and Edgeworth in Newcastle.
- Multisystemic Therapy - Child Abuse and Neglect® (MST-CAN®)
- Multisystemic Therapy for Child Abuse and Neglect® (MST-CAN®) is an internationally recognised evidence-based program for families with serious clinical needs who have come to the attention of child protection services due to physical abuse and/ or neglect.
- MST-CAN® clinicians work as part of a broader health and welfare team to provide treatment to the entire family
- Guided by extensive safety protocols, treatment is geared towards preventing reoccurence of abuse and reducing risk of children entering out-of-home care.
- Demonstrated through multiple randomised controlled trials, MST-CAN® is empirically-grounded and supports children aged 6-17 years-old who have experienced physical abuse and/or neglect, resulting in a report to child protection within 180 days
- SafeCare® is an early intervention program designed to prevent family breakdown and children and young people from entering the out of home care system.
- We know that one of the most powerful things we can do for children is keep them in a safe, loving home and protect them from neglect and abuse.
- Giving parents the necessary skills to care for their children (aged 0-5 years) is the central component of the SafeCare®
- In delivering SafeCare® OzChild make weekly home visits and work through three modules: building positive parent/child interactions; caring for children’s health; and keeping the home safe.
- OzChild is the first organisation in Victoria to offer SafeCare®
- Functional Family Therapy - Child Welfare, High Risk® (FFT-CW HR®)
- Protecting children and young people from entering out of home care is the central objective of this program – recognising that children and young people will have profoundly better outcomes if they are supported to remain with their families.
- FFT-CW® HR uses a holistic approach to addressing issues affecting families facing vulnerability. By addressing these issues collaboratively in the family environment within a psycho-therapy framework families are supported to take practical actions to reduce the risk of their children (aged 0-17 years) entering care.
- FFT-CW® HR is a short term (3-6 months) intensive home based program focused on motivating for change; changing problem behavior and embedding change.
- FFT-CW® HR works with families who are reluctant to engage with services, have mental health concerns, with abuse or neglect issues, and a history of family violence, substance abuse or engagement with the criminal justice system.
- OzChild is the first organisation in Australia to offer FFT-CW® HR
- Functional Family Therapy - Child Welfare, Low Risk® (FFT-CW LR®)
Based on the FFP® model, FFT-LR integrates assessment, supervision and intervention by clarifying the prevention interventionist’s role and how it changes during the course of service delivery. FFT-LR is implemented in three distinct phases: Engagement/Motivation, Support/Monitor and Generalization. During the first phase, the focus is on engaging and motivating youth and families to be a part of a change process by decreasing family conflict and blame and increasing their hope about the possibility for change. Interventionists are also expected to gather information to utilize risk/needs assessments and to complete an assessment of the relational functions (interpersonal payoffs) for maladaptive behaviors. FFT-LR case managers then move into the Support/Monitor phase, where the focus is to identify resources and interventions best suited to youth/families and support linkages to those change programs. Interventionists are expected to utilize their case management skills to maintain and enhance the impact of evidence-based interventions on family members. In the final phase of treatment, the focus is on helping youth/families to generalize change into other systems and to anticipate and plan for potential barriers or challenges that youth and families may face in the future.
FFT-LR impacts youth and families through a family focus. Interventionists meet with families from the beginning and learn to view youth through relational systems, as well as apply assessments, so they can better match families to community-based interventions and monitor participation with programs in a way that enhances the chance for success. Interventionists become stronger advocates of effective services; in turn, they play a more effective part in assessment, referral, monitoring and maintenance of change brought about by effective programs and interventions. Interventionists then work with both families and the community providers to help the family purposefully generalize the skills learned to other systems involved with the family.
- Treatment Foster Care Oregon (TFCO®)
- TFCO® provides an evidence based response to removing children and young people from residential care. It works with children and young people as an alternative to residential care placements and provides them with therapeutic short term foster care placements, which address destructive behaviours to enable them to be stable in a more long term standard foster care placement.
- The program is delivered by a team of specialists who support the foster carer and the young person with practical behavior based interventions which are designed to enable longer term stability for the young person.
- There is a focus on skills training, therapy and academic support for the young person, and support and training for the after care family to support long term stability.
- The placement is short-term (between 6-9 months) and is based around four structured elements of treatment including, consistent reinforcement, structured living environment, close supervision, establishing positive social relationships.
- After TFCO® placements, young people and children are anticipated to either return to their families or maintain a stable out-of-home-care placement.
- TFCO® is well suited to assisting children and young people with complex needs in our services – those at high risk of entering residential care. OzChild and Anglicare (in partnership) are the first organisations in Australia to offer TFCO®
- For more information, go to the TFCO website
- Treatment Foster Care Oregon® (TFCO) (download fact sheet)