Supporting women and children

Supporting women and children

Cradle to Kindergarten

Cradle to Kinder is an intensive long-term family support program for vulnerable young mothers who are at risk of child removal. It is delivered by MacKillop Family Services across three regions of Victoria. The program provides families with integrated, coordinated and tailored support from a multidisciplinary team from pregnancy until the child is four years old. Preliminary findings of a mixed-methods longitudinal evaluation show that the program has yielded improvements in family functioning, family environment, child safety, infant development, and child wellbeing after 24 months of engagement.

Project lead: Dr Renee O’Donnell

Refuge to Recovery

Good Shepherd is a community services organisation that aims to disrupt the intergenerational cycle of disadvantage with a focus on women and girls through services that address social and economic exclusion.

Refuge to Recovery Pilot Program is a refuge program for women and children escaping family violence environments which provides accommodation and bespoke wrap-around services to women and children for six months.

Dr O’Connor is conducting an evaluation of the pilot program examining the impact of the program on women and children’s: physical safety, environment, community participation, connection, mental health, wellbeing, family dynamics and relationships.

Project lead: Dr Mandy O’Connor