- EIRD will be responsible for using evidence and inter-linked data to inform strategies and approaches to working with children and families in need
- EIRD will provide a strong evidence-base for how to support vulnerable children and families
- EIRD will focus on reducing the disproportionate number of Aboriginal children in the child protection system
Designing strategies to improve child protection needs to be informed by a reliable evidence-base, inter-linked data, and include evaluation strategies to ensure programs are working.
EIRD is an important initiative that will consider evidence-based knowledge in the planning and evaluation of services for early intervention and prevention of child abuse and neglect.
In its first 18 months EIRD will deliver the following:
- desktop evaluation of existing early intervention and prevention programs and services and identification of early intervention system gaps
- establishing a fellowship program and research agenda
- 3 key research projects focusing on:
- pregnancy and the first 1000 days of life
- recurring cases in the child protection system
- the over-representation of Aboriginal children and young people
- developing a data linkage and analytics system that will increase understanding of children and support better case management
- developing a prevention and early intervention strategy outlining a whole-of-government, evidence-based approach to early intervention in child protection.
How we will know we are making a difference
The directorate will engage and work closely with all agencies responsible for child wellbeing, prevention and early intervention services to ensure their decisions are evidence-based and programs delivered to families prevent children entering care.
Reform Implementation team
Email: CPReform [at] sa.gov.au