Evaluation of the Y-PEP a child protection program in schools
|Authors||Ernst & Young|
|Evaluator company||Ernst & Young|
|Study type||Expert opinion|
|Evaluation type||Both process and outcome|
The aim of the evaluation was to understand the extent to which the Y-PEP program, delivered by the Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA), was supporting the delivery of child protection education in NSW government and non-government schools. The Y-PEP program started in 2016 and was set to end in late 2019. Ernst & Young (EY) began and completed the evaluation in 2018.
The evaluation used a mixed-methods approach, which consisted of analysing quantitative program data (school demographic data; student and teacher feedback survey data; and quarterly program data, as collected by YWCA) and qualitative data (data from semi-structured interviews of stakeholders at participating schools, as conducted by EY).
The evaluation questions aimed to understand the extent to which the Y-PEP program:
- provided appropriate delivery of child protection education to students
- had been effectively implemented and delivered to students
- had impacts on students' and teachers' child protection knowledge.
The evaluation found that the Y-PEP program:
- was an appropriate method for delivering child protection education to students
- was effectively implemented and delivered to schools, but had some scope for improvement
- was having positive impacts on students’ and teachers’ awareness of child protection education.