Yesterday the findings from our qualitative study (EYEP:Q) into a revolutionary program for at-risk children and families were released at a function in Melbourne's Regent Theatre. Minister for Families & Children and Youth Affairs, The Hon. Jenny Mikakos, spoke glowingly of CPS's Child & Family Centre and how the preventative strategies pioneered by CPS align with the Family Violence Royal Commission recommendations. The Early Years Education Program (EYEP) underwent a two-year trial at a purpose built centre in West Heidelberg, and the study by Loraine Fordham from Charles Sturt University details the success of the program. Furthermore, the report advises how universal childhood services can replicate the program (which CPS have begun this year at a new centre in Wollert). Educators in the program employ attachment-based and trauma-informed practices to build relationships with children, and engage the whole family to increase the likelihood of children staying with the program and therefore, improving developmental outcomes. While many of the causes and risk factors that undermine children’s wellbeing and normal development are well understood, little is known about how to mitigate them. This research will help fill a gap in Australia’s early childhood education and care services. Still to come is a quantitative study, which will examine cost benefits of implementing the program, as well as inform standards for replicating the program across universal early childhood services throughout Australia. Conducted over two years, the qualitative study undertook 100 days of observation at the centre, and multiple interviews with staff, families, children and focus groups to track progress and provide a detailed account of their experiences. EYEP-Q_Research_Report CPS Executive Summary [gallery columns="2" size="medium" ids="1070,1071,1073,1072"]Read the story
To mark the Children's Protection Society's 120th year of operation, yesterday evening our commemorative book was launched at the Regent Theatre by Minister for Families & Children and Youth Affairs, The Hon. Jenny Mikakos. A Journey of Hope and Resilience, written by Lucy Bracey and Fiona Poulton from historians Way Back When, beautifully highlights all our key milestones and achievements since being established in 1896. The history of CPS provides a unique window into the evolution of family life in Victoria, as well as an interesting remark on societal changes, notwithstanding fundamental issues often remain the same. From the days of colonial Victoria through the economic collapse and depression, through two World Wars – we have flown a flag for vulnerable children, including the most challenging times faced by our community. The book provides personal accounts of interventions, historical photographs, and an outline of progress made by CPS. Most notably, CPS has made landmark advances in understanding causes of child abuse and neglect, developing innovative support and preventative practices, collaborative initiatives with other welfare agencies and pioneering work in early years education for vulnerable children. [gallery size="medium" ids="1056,1062,1061,1063,1064,1024"] CPS's history page can be accessed here.Read the story
Three children, family violence, a marriage breakdown and an abusive and controlling ex-husband…
This is a first hand account of how CPS helped a mum navigate a turbulent time in her life to the point where she is now excited about what the future holds for her family.