Journal article

Cluster randomized controlled trial (RCT) to support parental contact for children in out-of-home care

Aino Suomi, Nina Lucas, Morag McArthur, Cathy Humphreys, Timothy Dobbins, Stephanie Taplin

Child Abuse & Neglect | PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD | Published : 2020


BACKGROUND: There is an identified need to improve the evidence-base in relation to contact visits for children in the out-of-home-care (OOHC) system, to ensure optimal outcomes. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this cluster randomized controlled trial (RCT) was to test the effectiveness of a contact intervention for parents having supervised contact with children in long-term OOHC. PARTICIPANTS: 183 study children in 15 clusters (OOHC services) and their parent(s) were randomized to the intervention (8 clusters, 100 children) and control groups (7 clusters, 83 children) in three Australian jurisdictions. SETTING: The manualized intervention consisted of increasing the preparation and support provided ..

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University of Melbourne Researchers


Awarded by Australian Research Council

Funding Acknowledgements

This project was funded by the Australian Research Council (Linkage Project 130100282), our partner organisations, and the New South Wales Department of Families and Community Services. We would like to thank our partner organisations in the three States and Territories including, in ACT: ACT Community Services Directorate, ACT Government; Marymead Child and Family Services, Barnardos; in Victoria: Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare, Salvation Army Westcare, OzChild, Mackillop Family Services, CAFS Ballarat, Baptcare, Wesley Mission Victoria, Berry Street; and in NSW: CareSouth, Life Without Barriers, Uniting, Anglicare (St Saviours).