Establish a postdoctoral fellowship program in conjunction with the tertiary education sector to advance areas of research relevant to the agency.
The Early Intervention Directorate (EIRD) continues to work with the consortium of internationally renowned researchers with expertise in population health, child protection and child development to support the evidence around effective service provision and the experience of vulnerable children and families.
The post-doctoral fellowship program has incorporated 3 key research projects and case file reviews focusing on:
- the over-representation of Aboriginal children in the child protection system
- at risk pregnancy and infancy
- children with repeat involvement in the child protection system
Collaboration between the Department for Child Protection and EIRD is ongoing to build and apply evidence to inform and support decision-making. After June 2018, the post-doctoral fellowship program will be renewed to align with EIRD's revised research agenda.
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The South Australian Government accepts this recommendation.
This recommendation will be achieved as part of the establishment of the Early Intervention Research Directorate (recommendation 50).