Evaluation of Supporting Children after Separation Program (SCASP) and Post-Separation Cooperative Parenting service (PSCP)

Investigators:

Prof Morag McArthur, Lorraine Thomson, Merrilyn Woodward, Dr Justin Barker, Megan Layton, Dr Gail Winkworth

Funding Source:

Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, and the Attorney-General's Department

Aim:

The evaluation of the Supporting Children after Separation Program (SCASP) and Post-Separation Cooperative Parenting service (PSCP) aimed to establish the appropriateness and effectiveness of service models and the extent to which they achieve their intended objectives. It also assessed the extent to which the programs gave priority to at-risk, vulnerable and disadvantaged families and how they generally increased family access to services through more collaborative service arrangements.

The evaluation incorporated existing data and reviews but moved beyond the reliance on adult focused data (ie: service providers and parents) to hear directly from young people themselves. It also used evidence based models of collaboration to analyse how the programs were working within relevant broader service delivery systems.

Outputs:

McArthur, M., Thomson, L., Woodward, M., Barker, J., Layton, M., & Winkworth, G. (2011). Evaluation of the Supporting Children After Separation Program and the Post Separation Cooperative Parenting Program. Canberra: Institute of Child Protection Studies, ACU.