Tweddle Announce Learning System Grant

Tweddle Announce Learning System Grant

By Kerrie Gottliebsen

Tweddle is delighted to announce a pilot evaluation in partnership with the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI). Funded by a Learning System Grant (LSG), the mixed methods study will examine Tweddle’s ten day Residential Parenting Assessment and Skill Development Service (PASDS) for families receiving child protection services.

LSGs funded by the DHHS and administered by the Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare, strengthen the capacity of child and family services in Victoria to generate evidence and deliver evidence-informed services.

Six diverse projects received LSG funding, ranging from the development and application of outcomes and practice frameworks to the documentation of promising early interventions.

The aim of Tweddle’s PASD Service is to conduct an intensive parenting capacity assessment to inform case management planning and decisions for family preservation and reunification by Department of Health and Human Services, Child Protection and the Children’s Court.

The PASD Service aims also include improving safe parenting practices, strengthening parent-child interactions and attachment, and increasing parenting confidence.

The evaluation will gather evidence about the implementation of the PASD Service, the use of the parenting assessment by child protection services and the Children’s Court, and the experiences and short-term outcomes associated with participation in the PASD Service for parents and children including the barriers and enablers for participating families.

The study will also explore experiences of staff in delivering PASDS and Departmental, Child Protection and Children’s Court Staff perceptions of the program.

Tweddle’s Infant Response Manager Andi Jones is looking forward to working with MCRI on the evaluation. “This pilot evaluation will be a critical first step in generating evidence needed to inform further development of the PASD Service, and the next stages of a more rigorous impact evaluation” he said.

“We’ve developed a mixed methods design that incorporates qualitative interviews, a casefile review, and a pilot impact/outcome evaluation. We are grateful to the CFECFW for the opportunity”.

The pilot will be seeking ethics in October.


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