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Part B: Pre-employment screening: Working With Children Checks and Police Checks
Date: June 6th, 2017

Part B: State and territory requirements All states and territories have introduced legislation providing for child-related employment pre-screening, and there are important differences across jurisdictions. This resource sheet is intended to provide an overview of the types of screening programs that are in place, what records are checked, and who is required to undergo screening. …

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Part A: Pre-employment screening: Working With Children Checks and Police Checks
Date: June 6th, 2017

Part A: Overview This resource is intended to provide an overview of the types of screening schemes that operate in Australia for child-related work. State/territory legislative provisions and information about risk assessments are also discussed. Thanks to Kathryn Goldsworthy, Research Officer with the Child Family Community Australia information exchange at the Australian Institute of Family Studies …

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Youth Initiated Mentoring
Date: May 22nd, 2017

Youth initiated mentoring (YIM) is a relatively recent innovation in the field of youth mentoring in which young people select and recruit mentors from within their existing communities and social network. The young people are then matched with their selected mentor in a formal mentoring model. The screening and training of the prospective mentor is supervised, …

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What to do about Facebook?
Date: April 15th, 2017

Wherever young people go today, social media follows. In fact, a recent study found that 41 percent of teens called themselves “addicted” to their mobile devices. While some mentoring programs deliberately have young people unplug, many programs use technologies as hands-on learning tools and with 75 percent of teens accessing the Internet with their mobile phones, developing …

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Evaluating the outcomes of programs for Indigenous families and communities
Date: March 3rd, 2017

This practitioner resource, co-authored by Stewart Muir and Adam Dean of the Australian Institute of Family Studies, outlines some key considerations for community sector organisations and service providers who are thinking about evaluating the outcomes or impact of a program for Indigenous families or communities. More general guidance on evaluation terminology, techniques and planning can …

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Working with families whose child is bullying
Date: February 7th, 2017

Jodie Lodge of the Australian Institute of Family Studies discusses working with families of a child who is bullying. At the time of writing the Author, Jodie Lodge, was a Research Fellow at the Australian Institute of Family Studies.. When children bully others at school, they are at significant risk of continuing this pattern of antisocial behaviour …

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What works in effective Indigenous community-managed programs and organisations
Date: January 7th, 2017

At the time of writing author Sam Morley was a Senior Research Officer in the Evaluations and Qualitative Research team at the Australian Institute of Family Studies. Many Indigenous1 organisations in urban, rural and remote areas are successfully managing a broad range of programs and services for their communities. This paper reviews available literature on Indigenous community-managed …

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Collecting data from parents and children for the purpose of evaluation: Issues for child and family services in disadvantaged communities
Date: December 22nd, 2016

This Practice Sheet outlines the challenges child and family services may face when they seek to collect data directly from parents and children for the purposes of evaluation. It contains some examples of how child and family services can engage children and families in the evaluation process in order to overcome some of those challenges. …

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Adolescent violence in the home: How is it different to adult family violence?
Date: November 24th, 2016

Jo Howard of the Australian Institute of Family Studies describes the issue of adolescent violence in the home, and how it differs to adult family violence As mentors and program coordinators, there is a chance that a young person will disclose to you that they are the victims of domestic violence. However, there is also …

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Why is it important to engage men in youth mentoring programs?
Date: October 22nd, 2016

This month’s blog summarises and builds upon the findings from the Engaging Fathers study (Berlyn, Wise, & Soriano, 2008). It provides ideas for youth mentoring practitioners about how to increase engagement of men in youth mentoring programs. Research demonstrates that men1 are much less likely to engage with child and family services than women. The reasons for …

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