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Item“I can be me again”: Animal Assisted Interventions with young people experiencing homelessness. A report of program implementation and outcomesHeerde, J (Department of Paediatrics (Melbourne Medical School), The University of Melbourne, 2019)Contemporary Australian research investigating the use of AAI’s in service settings is particularly lacking. This report details the implementation and outcomes of an AAI, conducted by Lead the WayTM Psychology and Animal-Assisted Therapy at Frontyard Youth Services. Three research questions were investigated: (1) Is it feasible to implement AAI’s in service settings assisting young people experiencing homelessness? (2) What strategies assist or inhibit the implementation of AAI’s in youth homelessness service settings? and (3) How does engagement in an AAI assist young people experiencing homelessness? To investigate these aims routine program attendance records and qualitative feedback from young people and staff, were examined. Service attendance records for young people accessing services from Frontyard and participating in the AAI were also examined.
ItemChanging the Life Trajectories of Australia's Most Vulnerable Children - Report No. 2 The first twelve months in the Early Years Education Program: An initial assessment of the impact on children and their primary caregiversTseng, Y ; Jordan, B ; Borland, J ; Coombs, N ; Cotter, K ; Hill, A ; Kennedy, A (Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, 2018)This report presents initial findings on the impact on children and their primary caregivers after twelve months of enrollment in the Early Years Education Program (EYEP). EYEP is a model of early years care and education targeted at the particular needs of children who are exposed to significant family stress and social disadvantage. Children who participate in EYEP are offered three years of care and education (50 weeks per year, five hours per day each week). Key features of EYEP are high staff/child ratios, qualified and experienced staff, an infant mental health consultant in the team and a rigorously developed curriculum. A relationship-based pedagogy is used to ensure that children are ready for learning. The ultimate objective of EYEP is to ensure that at-risk and vulnerable children realise their full potential and arrive at school developmentally and educationally equal to their peers. The impact of EYEP is being evaluated through a Randomised Controlled Trial (RCT) as part of the Early Years Education Research Program (EYERP); otherwise referred to in this report as the ‘EYEP trial’. Children for whom consent was given to participate in the EYEP trial were randomly assigned into either an intervention group who were enrolled in EYEP or to a control group. Estimates of the impact of EYEP on children and their primary caregivers are derived from comparisons of outcomes between the intervention group and the control group. Measurement of outcomes described in this report took place twelve months after entry to the trial.
ItemPrevent crime and save money: Application of return-on-investment models in the Australian contextHeerde, J ; Toumbourou, J ; Hemphill, S ; Le, H ; Herrenkohl, T ; Catalano, R (Criminology Research Council, 2018)The project investigates rates and predictors of antisocial behaviour and violence from the early waves of the IYDS (age 11 years) to young adulthood (age 25 years) to estimate the return-on-investment in Victoria achievable with a $150 million investment in a mix of 6 evidence-based prevention strategies.
ItemStrengthening prevention and early intervention services for families into the future.Toumbourou, J ; Hartman, D ; Field, K ; Jeffery, R ; Brady, J ; Heaton, A ; Ghayour-Minaie, M ; HEERDE, J (Deakin University and Family and Relationship Services Australia, 2017)
ItemPositive associations between school suspension and student problem behaviour: Recent Australian findingsHemphill, S ; Broderick, D ; Heerde, J (Australian Institute of Criminology, 2017-06)School suspension—the temporary removal of a student from school—is one of the most severe responses to student misbehaviour in Australian schools. Evidence suggests school suspension is associated with negative behavioural outcomes in adolescence. Using data from the International Youth Development Study, a large longitudinal study of adolescent development, this research found positive associations between school suspension and adolescent problem behaviour. These associations remained after taking into account other known risk factors for such behaviours. The paper discusses the implications for policy development around the management of student misbehaviour and conduct breaches.
ItemNo Preview AvailableRefugee status reportPaxton, GA ; Smith, NL ; Win, AK ; Mulholland, N ; Hood, DS (Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, 2011)