Brotherhood of St Laurence

Breaking cycles, building futures : promoting inclusion of vulnerable families in antenatal and universal early childhood services : a report on the first three stages of the project. /

By: Carbone, Stephen | Department of Human Services
Contributor(s): Fraser, Alex | Ramburuth, Rasika | Nelms, Lucy | Brotherhood of St Laurence
Publisher: Melbourne, Vic. Department of Human Services 2004Description: x, 116 p. : illSubject(s): Children Services For - Victoria | Family Services For | Pregnant Women Services For - Victoria | Maternal Health Services | Preschool Children Services For | Low Income Families | Service Provision | Social Exclusion | Family Support Services | Parents | Empowerment | Brotherhood of St Laurence. Breaking Cycles, Building Futures Project | Victoria. Department Of Human Services. Best Start | Premier's Drug Prevention Council (pdpc)DDC classification: 362.7 CAR Online Resources: Electronic copy
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Report on the first three stages of the project

Includes bibliographical references (p. 109-116) December 2004

The Breaking Cycles, Building Futures project is an initiative of the Victorian State Government and is funded by the Premier’s Drug Prevention Council. It is part of the State Government’s Best Start Strategy. The project’s key aim is to identify, implement and evaluate strategies to promote more inclusive antenatal and universal early childhood services, which better engage and assist vulnerable families. The Brotherhood of St Laurence was contracted by the Department of Human Services to undertake this project. In its mission of working for an Australia free of poverty, the Brotherhood of St Laurence acknowledges the importance of efforts to better support vulnerable children and their parents, not only as an important immediate measure, but also as a strategy to prevent poverty and social exclusion in the future. The Breaking Cycles, Building Futures project is being undertaken in four stages: • a literature review • consultation with parents, service providers and peak bodies • documenting possible strategies which Best Start partnerships can adopt to help them to provide more inclusive services • working with Best Start partnerships to implement and evaluate these strategies. This document reports on the results of the first three stages and outlines the process for addressing the final stage. The study started from the assumption that antenatal and universal early childhood services (Maternal and Child Health services, kindergartens and primary schools) are an important resource for promoting the wellbeing of our children and their families. As such, it is imperative these services are available to all. The study focused on answering four key questions: • What is an inclusive service? • How inclusive are existing antenatal and universal early childhood services? • What are the barriers to inclusion? • How can these services be more inclusive so that they better engage vulnerable families? Answers to these questions were sought through a review of the national and international literature, along with an extensive community consultation process. In all, 69 parents, more than 100 service providers and more than 20 Victorian Government staff were interviewed. The vast majority of parents interviewed were experiencing a range of (often concurrent) difficulties in their lives, such as low income, unemployment, homelessness, problematic substance use, mental illness or a disability. Many were young parents (less than 20 years of age) and several were from a non-English speaking background. [Executive summary - extract]

Item type Current library Call number Status Date due Barcode
Book Brotherhood of St Laurence
362.7 CAR (Browse shelf (Opens below)) Available 227227
Book BSL Archives
2004.11B (Browse shelf (Opens below)) Not for loan ARB12268

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