NAPCAN's Play Your Part Prevention Framework 2013-2016: Research Evaluation Report

Gwinner, Karleen (2016) NAPCAN's Play Your Part Prevention Framework 2013-2016: Research Evaluation Report. The Children and Youth Research Centre, Brisbane , Qld.

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Abstract

The Play Your Part (PYP) program was a whole of community, multi-layered, approach to creating child friendly communities aimed at universal prevention of child abuse and neglect. The program was conceptualised by the National Association for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (NAPCAN) at a time when reforms to the child protection system in Queensland (QLD) aimed at improving unsustainable practices and developing new and improved policies and services to reduce the number of children and young people in the child protection system.

By taking a primary prevention approach, NAPCAN’s PYP program sought to respond to issues of child abuse and neglect through the implementation of primary prevention strategies. As a universal initiative the program targeted families and communities and included activities such as education, multi-discipline social and family support, and ongoing community awareness to promote positive perceptions of children and young people, and in turn, lead to the development of child friendly communities. The program implemented a ‘whole of community’ prevention approach, where there was a clear focus on putting children at the forefront of the priorities of government and communities. This evaluation also considers the implementation contexts and the complexities of working with communities in different geographical locations during a three year time-frame. To this aim an overview of the reforms to child abuse and neglect prevention in QLD since the release of the Forde Inquiry (1999), has been provided in the Background section. Departmental changes in 2013, policy directions and several frontline service changes influenced the intent and implementation of the PYP activities during the 2013-2016 phase. Throughout this phase a strong shift from a universal approach to preventing child abuse and neglect to a targeted approach with vulnerable families and services evolved in response to contractual changes. Alongside the findings which indicate success in early intervention and prevention of child abuse and neglect, the challenges, greatest gains and practice insights of the third phase of the PYP program are presented so these can be shared with others to consider strategies, perspectives, practices and approaches to the prevention of child abuse and neglect.

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ID Code: 98517
Item Type: Report
Refereed: No
Keywords: child abuse and neglect, prevention, community development, Child friendly, program evaluation
DOI: 10.13140/RG.2.2.14289.33123
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Children & Youth Research Centre
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2016 Queensland University of Technology
Deposited On: 31 Aug 2016 22:42
Last Modified: 01 Sep 2016 22:40

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