Keep Them Safe outcomes evaluation
|Kylie Valentine, Ilan Katz, Rebecca Cassells, Aron Shlonsky
|Social Policy Research Centre (SPRC), University of New South Wales
The evaluation is focused on evaluating outcomes related to system change, improvement of services and the impact of Keep Them Safe (KTS) on vulnerable children and families in NSW. The evaluation was undertaken between July 2013 and June 2014. The evaluation found that KTS has had success in changing the system areas across its four objectives (intervening early; responding effectively; supporting Aboriginal children, families and communities; changing practices and systems). In a relatively short time-frame KTS provided a solid platform for future improvements in the quality of service provision, collaborative practice, adoption of a more strategic approach to early intervention, better engagement with Aboriginal communities and improvements in the identification and protection of children at risk of significant harm (ROSH). The cost effectiveness analysis showed that KTS funding, in particular funding directed towards prevention and early intervention, had a significant impact on reducing the rate of children reported at ROSH to the child protection helpline.