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Better systems, better chances a review of research and practice for prevention and early intervention /

By: Fox, Stacey | Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY)
Contributor(s): Southwell, Angela | Stafford, Neil | Goodhue, Rebecca | Jackson, Dianne | Smith, Charlene
Publisher: Braddon, ACT : Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth, 2015Description: vi, 318 p. : ill. : PDFISBN: 9781921352959Subject(s): Child Development | Children Health Aspects | Child Health | WellbeingOnline Resources: DOWNLOAD PDF
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Authors listed on title page verso: Dr Stacey Fox, Angela Southwell, Neil Stafford, Dr Rebecca Goodhue, Dr Dianne Jackson, Dr Charlene Smith.

"ARACY acknowledges the New South Wales Department of Premier and Cabinet, who originally commissioned the earlier version of this report."--Acknowledgements.

Includes bibliographical references (p. 189-238)

Executive Summary -- Introduction -- Part 1. Child Development and Family Wellbeing -- 1. Child development: key concepts, frameworks and theories -- 2. Social and economic benefits of prevention and early intervention -- 3. Understanding risk and protective factors -- 4. Priority intervention points for child and youth wellbeing -- Part 2. Systems Design to Support Prevention and Early Intervention -- 5. Features of a prevention-focused service system -- 6. Analysis of existing systems -- 7. Models and approaches to collaboration and integration -- 8. A common approach to collecting and using outcomes for data-driven decision making -- 9. Local and data-driven planning and commissioning -- 10. Using evidence to guide commissioning and service delivery -- 11. Shared practice frameworks -- 12. Identifying strengths, needs and intervention thresholds -- 13. Matching services to needs: case planning and care pathways -- 14. Key Principles -- Conclusions and critical components -- Appendices.

This rapid strategic literature review investigates the factors that promote positive child development and enable effective prevention and early intervention at a system-wide level. There is clear evidence that children's life chances are influenced by their families and communities and that they are able to be changed for the better. This review examines: Child development pathways and processes; The social and economic benefits of prevention and early intervention; Risk and protective factors for positive child development; Key pathways for intervention from antenatal through to adolescence; and System design elements that facilitate prevention and early intervention.

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