Child Protection Research

Project Manager: Sven Silburn
Project Start/Finish Dates: 2009 - 2013
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The Child Protection Research Program is focussed on driving the implementation of evidence-based interventions for children and families who are at risk, working across the government, non-government and community sector. Rather than follow more traditional child protection methods which tend to involve crisis management and interventions 'after the fact', the CPRP is very much committed to identifying effective and culturally appropriate preventative and early intervention methods that work to stop child abuse or neglect from taking place to begin with.

The Child Protection Research Program within the Centre has emerged from a unique partnership between the former NT Department of Health and Families (now the Department of Children and Families) and Menzies School of Health Research.

Established following the release of Ampe Akelyernemane Meke Mekarle, "Little Children are Sacred Report" of the Northern Territory Board of Inquiry into the Protection of Aboriginal Children from Sexual Abuse, the Child Protection Research Program is the first Australian research and education initiative to primarily focus on Aboriginal child protection.

More recently, financial support for the program has expanded to include a mix of government, non-government and competitive grant funding.

The Child Protection Research Program aims to:

  • Make an important contribution to the reform of the Northern Territory child protection system by developing a robust, context-specific, evidence base to inform policy and practice
  • Engage with a range of government, non-government and Aboriginal-controlled organisations, to strengthen and increase the research and evaluation capacity of the sector
  • Collaborate closely with Aboriginal organisations, communities and families to design research methodologies that are culturally respectful and relevant
  • Contribute at a national and international level to advancing knowledge and capacity to identify and prevent child abuse and neglect

To achieve these aims, CPRP has three distinct functions:

  • Research to inform the development and implementation of new models of service delivery in improving outcomes for vulnerable children and their families
  • Evaluation of existing programs, services and practices across the children and families service system
  • Implementation Support to assist agencies to successfully 'install' and sustain evidence-informed programs and practices

Quality Support Services Panel

The Australian Government has committed 10 years of funding to the Stronger Communities for Children ( SCfC) program. This will be available in ten 10 remote communities. The goal is to support local Aboriginal organisations in the planning and delivery of their own services to improve the lives of children and families. CCDEs role is to work with Aboriginal organisations to provide information and advice to strengthen their planning and service delivery capabilities. We will use a knowledge sharing approach. Other organisations providing quality support through sharing knowledge are NintiOne Inc, The Northern Institute (CDU), Healing Foundation, and the Secretariat for National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care (SNAICC).



Past Projects

  • Social Marketing/Community Education campaign to prevent child abuse and neglect in the NT (consortium of Michels Warren Munday, NAPCAN, Captovate, and CCDE)
  • Best Practice in "two way" approaches in the NT children and families sector (partnership between CCDE and SAF,T)
  • Evaluation of the Mobile Child Protection Team
  • Evaluation of the Family Group Conferencing pilot in Alice Springs
  • Evaluation of the Child Practitioner/Counselling Service for Relationships Australia NT (RANT)
  • Consultancy regarding the Men's Places model
  • Intensive Family Support Services Development and Implementation Support- partnership with Parenting Research Centre