Research & Publications
Anglicare Victoria has a dedicated research team who work closely with program staff and external stakeholders to design research that can inform practice.
The main focus of research is on the Out-of-Home Care system, including projects that explore the profiles, needs and developmental trajectories of children and young people in care; projects that investigate outcomes linked to child and adolescent wellbeing; and program evaluations.
Collectively, the team have a breadth of research and practice experience in the community service and criminal justice sectors.
The research team have a strong relationship with a range of external stakeholders, including the University of Melbourne, Deakin University and the Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare. Anglicare welcomes research collaborations with programs/service streams internally and externally, as well as with external researchers who seek to conduct research projects with our clients and/or staff.
In addition, Anglicare has a Human Research Ethics Committee that is recognised by the National Health and Medical Research Council. The Anglicare Victoria Research Ethics Committee (AVREC) reviews internal and external research regardless of whether they involve access to Anglicare staff, clients or data.
External research projects are reviewed for a fee.
For more information about research at Anglicare, please contact Dr Tatiana Corrales (Principal Researcher).
This is the fourth edition of Anglicare Victoria’s annual Children in Care Report Card and remains one of the few publications in Australia that compares the outcomes of children and young people in care with their peers in the community. The findings once again highlight the disparities in outcomes between children and young people in care, and focuses on Physical Health, Emotional and Social Development, Learning, Education and Employment, Continuity of Care and Stability, Family and Social Relationships, Indigenous Identity and Connection to Culture and Self-Care. This work contributes to a national conversation on the need to ensure that all children and young people in care are provided with the appropriate supports to achieve their full potential.
The Rental Affordability Snapshot (RAS) is an annual project coordinated by Anglicare Australia. Now in its 7th year, the RAS details the proportion of rental properties on the private market that are appropriate and affordable for a range of low-income client groups. This report contains only the Victorian data. In 2016 Anglicare Victoria collected data from Gumtree.com in addition to the standard data collection through Realestate.com, to more accurately capture the private rental market options for young people on income support, specifically the Youth Allowance. As with previous years, the results show that across various regions in Victoria the proportion of affordable and appropriate rentals was close to zero for many of the low income groups. The only exception was for couples where both individuals are earning the minimum wage, who had access to a greater proportion of appropriate and affordable rentals, but only in the outer ‘growth’ suburbs and regional locations.
Out-of-Home Care outcomes framework – Summary (2016)
This paper provides an overview of the background, theoretical/conceptual foundations and assessment instrument that form the basis of the outcomes framework
Out-of-Home Care outcomes framework – Theoretical underpinnings (2016)
This paper describes the theoretical and conceptual underpinnings of Anglicare’s OoHC outcomes framework.
Drawing on data collected over three years of the TEACHaR program, this report provides further support for the program’s efficacy at improving educational outcomes for children and young people in care.
An evaluation undertaken by Anglicare Victoria on a pilot program run by Victoria Police in the Western suburbs of Melbourne. The program aimed to divert at-risk young men from further contact with the Criminal Justice System by engaging then in a 13-week skills training and mentoring program.
The 3rd annual report comparing the outcomes of children and young people in care to their peers in the community across a range of developmental and psychosocial areas. The 2015 report was based on information obtained from the Looking After Children Assessment and Progress Records of 315 children and young people who had been placed with Anglicare from January 2013 to January 2015. The report highlights that children and young people in care have higher rates of emotional and behavioural difficulties, and access mental health services at a much higher rate than their peers in the community. They also have a higher prevalence of alcohol and drug use, a higher rate of disabilities, are less likely to be able to function independently at a level that matches their age and ability, and are less likely to participate in community-based events and activities.
Drawing on the same data utilised for the Children in Care Report Card, this paper explores the different profiles of children in care based on their placement type, age and gender. Across a number of comparisons young people in residential care were found to have significantly worse outcomes than children and young people in foster or kinship care.
The project identified that there is considerable demand for such a model, and also proposed a number of key features of a therapeutic community approach to working with this particularly vulnerable cohort.
TEACHaR (Transforming Educational Achievement for Children in Home-based and Residential care) is Anglicare’s specialist educational program. The program employs registered teachers who are embedded within our out-of-home care teams to work with children, families/carers and schools. The program operates at multiple ‘system’ levels, aiming to have an impact not just on the educational performance and achievement of children and young people, but also on their learning environments, and on the broader educational systems’ understanding and capacity to meet the needs of children and young people with complex histories of trauma. This report presents data for two years’ of program delivery, and shows that across most indicators children and young people who had received at least 6 months of intervention were achievement better educational outcomes compared to baseline assessments.
The Being A/part project was a collaboration across the Anglicare Australia research network. The project explored the relationship between childhood adversity, sense of belonging, perceived social support and a range of psychosocial outcomes among young people engaged with social services. This report provides a brief overview of the project and the main findings.
An evaluation of an early parenting support program. The evaluation of Hey Babe was a collaboration between Anglicare Victoria and the Latrobe/Baw Baw Intensive Family Services Alliance, including QEC and Quantum Support Services. The report presents the results of a mixed-methods evaluation, and finds some modest improvements associated with parenting confidence and practices.
Care-system Impacts on Academic Outcomes. This report was a collaboration between Anglicare Victoria and Wesley Mission, and represents one of the first studies investigating the impacts of OoHC on academic achievement. The project identified distinct clusters of children and young people with differential needs and risk profiles, linked to their histories of trauma, the presence of disabilities and/or disorders, and educational outcomes.