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Message ID: 8044
Date: 2009-01-27

Author:Janet Clark-Duff

Subject:RE: family assessment

Hi Todd, Sorry for the delay, I have been on holidays. I did my PhD thesis on family assessment in high risk child protection cases in Australia. The title is: Home-Based Family Assessment And Other Factors Associated With Child Protection Outcome In High Risk Families. Janet Margaret Clark-Duff PhD (Social Work) University of Newcastle NSW Australia ABSTRACT Families with serious and/or chronic child protection risks often have complex personal and social issues. Statutory child protection services must manage escalating child protection reports with limited resources. Addressing families at immediate risk often takes precedence over comprehensive family assessment and planned intervention, so the child protection issues in the lower priority families persist, and child protection reports continue. The Montrose Home-Based Family Assessment Program assesses Department of Community Services registered families who are at risk of child removal because of chronic and/or severe child protection issues. Using an ecological perspective, the Montrose team conducts a five day comprehensive assessment in the family's home and community, and develops a caseplan to address child protection risks and family support needs. The assessment is voluntary, and the family is encouraged to participate in identifying the child protection issues and developing solutions. The primary goal of this study is to compare child protection outcomes, three years after referral, for 100 families who participated in a Montrose Assessment, and 100 Comparison Group families. The research questions also explore the relationship between demographic, family, parent, child and child protection service factors and child protection outcome. Outcome is measured by Family Outcome, Children's Outcome, Legal Status, Children's Placement, subsequent Child Protection Reports and Substantiated Child Protection Reports, and Type of Abuse. The results suggest that home-based family assessment is a cost-effective model that can measurably reduce the likelihood of further abuse, court intervention and out of home care even for complex, high risk families. The study also identifies specific child, parent and child protection service related variables that are significantly associated with child protection outcome. These findings have major relevance for current child protection policy and practice, and also for broader social policy that impacts on high risk families. You can access the full thesis via http://nova.newcastle.edu.au/vital/access/manager/Repository/uon:2618?expert=creator%3a%22Clark-Duff%2c+Janet%22 or google my name and the link should be there. Regards, Janet Dr Janet Clark-Duff B.Soc.Stud. M.A. PhD. Casework Consultant, Child Protection and Family Assessment Specialist. Mob 0401 918 055 jclarkduff@hotmail.com Date: Mon, 12 Jan 2009 14:01:34 -0800 From: tmac5528@yahoo.com Subject: family assessment To: child-maltreatment-research-l@list.cornell.edu Are there any good research based articles, either empirical or theoretical on conducting family assessment in child protection settings? If someone knows where to find these articles could you please send a link or citation. Respectfully, TM ________________________________ Twice the fun— Share photos while you chat with Windows Live Messenger.

Hi Todd, Sorry for the delay, I have been on holidays. I did my PhD thesis on family assessment in high risk child protection cases in Australia. The title is: Home-Based Family Assessment And Other Factors Associated With Child Protection Outcome In High Risk Families. Janet Margaret Clark-Duff PhD (Social Work) University of Newcastle NSW Australia ABSTRACT Families with serious and/or chronic child protection risks often have complex personal and social issues. Statutory child protection services must manage escalating child protection reports with limited resources. Addressing families at immediate risk often takes precedence over comprehensive family assessment and planned intervention, so the child protection issues in the lower priority families persist, and child protection reports continue. The Montrose Home-Based Family Assessment Program assesses Department of Community Services registered families who are at risk of child removal because of chronic and/or severe child protection issues. Using an ecological perspective, the Montrose team conducts a five day comprehensive assessment in the family's home and community, and develops a caseplan to address child protection risks and family support needs. The assessment is voluntary, and the family is encouraged to participate in identifying the child protection issues and developing solutions. The primary goal of this study is to compare child protection outcomes, three years after referral, for 100 families who participated in a Montrose Assessment, and 100 Comparison Group families. The research questions also explore the relationship between demographic, family, parent, child and child protection service factors and child protection outcome. Outcome is measured by Family Outcome, Children's Outcome, Legal Status, Children's Placement, subsequent Child Protection Reports and Substantiated Child Protection Reports, and Type of Abuse. The results suggest that home-based family assessment is a cost-effective model that can measurably reduce the likelihood of further abuse, court intervention and out of home care even for complex, high risk families. The study also identifies specific child, parent and child protection service related variables that are significantly associated with child protection outcome. These findings have major relevance for current child protection policy and practice, and also for broader social policy that impacts on high risk families. You can access the full thesis via http://nova.newcastle.edu.au/vital/access/manager/Repository/uon:2618?expert=creator%3a%22Clark-Duff%2c+Janet%22 or google my name and the link should be there. Regards, Janet Dr Janet Clark-Duff B.Soc.Stud. M.A. PhD. Casework Consultant, Child Protection and Family Assessment Specialist. Mob 0401 918 055 jclarkduffhotmail.com Date: Mon, 12 Jan 2009 14:01:34 -0800 From: tmac5528yahoo.com Subject: family assessment To: child-maltreatment-research-llist.cornell.edu Are there any good research based articles, either empirical or theoretical on conducting family assessment in child protection settings? If someone knows where to find these articles could you please send a link or citation. Respectfully, TM ________________________________ Twice the fun— Share photos while you chat with Windows Live Messenger.