Literature Synthesis: What works for children experiencing homelessness and/or family violence

Investigators:

Dr Justin Barker, Prof Morag McArthur

Funding Source:

Hanover Welfare Services and the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs

Aim:

This project aimed to document, analyse and synthesise the national and international academic and community services literature on effective programs, service models and practices with children (12 years and under) experiencing homelessness and family violence.

It identified the key elements, mechanisms and practice tools/resources employed in effective service models and practices with these children and their care-givers; and identified the similarities and differences between services provided through the homelessness sector and those provided through family violence services for infants, preschool and primary school aged cohorts. It also referenced key approaches (e.g. family sensitive practice) and service models in the child protection and family support services programs.

For more information about this project, contact Dr Justin Barker.

Outputs:

Barker, J., Kolar, V., Mallett, S., & McArthur, M. (2013). What works for children experiencing homelessness and/or family/domestic violence? Part 1: Literature Synthesis. Melbourne: Hanover Welfare Services.

Kolar, V., Barker, J., Mallett, S., McArthur, M., & Nette, A. (2013). What works for children experiencing homelessness and/or family/domestic violence? An Abridged Report. Melbourne: Hanover Welfare Services.