Research and Other Publications

Strengthening prevention and early intervention services for families into the future

FRSA is proud to launch the research report Strengthening prevention and early intervention services for families into the future, commissioned to Professor John Toumbourou and colleagues at the Centre for Social and Early Emotional Development (SEED) in the School of Psychology, Deakin University.

The report investigates the current and future potential for our sector to take a greater prevention and early intervention approach in our service delivery to ameliorate multiple risk factors and enhance multiple protective factors—toward improving the wellbeing of the children, families and communities we serve.

Please click here to view the report.

FRSA 2016 Conference e-Journal

This first edition e-journal reflects the 2016 FRSA National Conference theme Measuring Success in the family and relationship sector for the wellbeing of children, families and communities.

Developed from the 56 successful abstracts submitted to the Conference, authors were invited to expand on their ideas and submit a 6,000 word paper. After an extensive blind review process, those successful were selected for publication in the e-journal.

Following the Conference concurrent session streams, the successful papers focus on the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander services, the first 1000 days, and successful workforce preparedness in the sector (originally submitted for the 2015 FRSA Conference).

FRSA is very excited to launch this publication and look forward to publishing future e-Journals that align with FRSA Conferences in years to come.

Workforce Development Strategy (2012 – 2017)

This strategy is the culmination of work that began in 2008 when FRSA convened a joint sector-Government working group on Workforce Development with representatives from FRSA member organisations, the Australian Government Department of Families, Housing, Community Services & Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA), the Attorney-General’s Department and the Community Services Health & Industry Skills Council (CSHISC). The purpose of the strategy is to secure and develop the capacity of the family and relationship services workforce to meet the needs of Australian families now and into the future.

Workforce Development Strategy (2012 – 2017)
Value For Everyone Report: Understanding the Social and Economic Benefits of Family Support Services (2013)

This report was produced for use when advocating for increased investment in high quality support services for families. It summarises current evidence – Australian and international – demonstrating that investing in early intervention for families results not only in a socially just, inclusive society but in a productive economy as well.

Value For Everyone Report: Understanding the Social and Economic Benefits of Family Support Services (2013)
Community Engagement in Post Separation Services: An Exploratory Study (2012)

The purpose of this project was to explore community engagement activities undertaken in the post‑separation services funded by the Attorney‑General’s Department, through the Federal Government’s Family Support Program (FSP).Through this research FRSA sought to understand how community engagement should be defined and understood in the context of post‑separation services. Post‑separation service providers were invited to identify the purposes and benefits of engaging with the broader community and sought to identify factors that drive and restrain community engagement, both internal and external to the organisation. A clear and consistent message was that community engagement requires long term commitment, the development of relationships of trust and respect, and the utilisation of community strengths and skills. Hard copies can be provided on request.

Community Engagement in Post Separation Services:  An Exploratory Study (2012)
Linkages & Collaboration Project (2010)

The Linkages & Collaboration: What Helps, What Hinders Project explored service linkages and collaboration between Family and Relationship Services (FRS) and related community service sectors such as health, mental health, child welfare, family law and community or neighbourhood networks. The project, supported by the Australian Government, specifically focused on five communities from around the country. The report highlights a number of recommendations and future directions for community service organisations on how to improve their services to families, children and young people through collaboration.

Linkages & Collaboration Project (2010)