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The Permanency Amendments Longitudinal Study

The Permanency Amendments Longitudinal Study

By Family Law Section

Child Support Child Welfare Maintenance (Family) 

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The Permanency Amendments Longitudinal Study

The Victorian Government appointed a research team from the University of Melbourne, the University of Sydney and the University of New South Wales, to undertake the Permanency Amendments Longitudinal Study (PALS). PALS is a two-year project that will identify changes following legislative amendments to the Children, Youth and Families Act 2005 designed to improve permanency for children in need of protection, and the impact of these changes on children, parents and carers in the child protection system. These permanency amendments came into effect on 1 March 2016 and aimed to promote the permanency of care arrangements for children subject to child protection intervention – preferably in parental care, or through safe reunification, or if necessary through arranging a suitable alternative ongoing care arrangement in a timely way.
 
PALS is drawing on information from multiple sources to understand what has happened as a result of the permanency amendments. This includes information from the child protection administrative database and court records. A survey of child protection practitioners and community service workers managing contracted cases will contribute to our understanding of impact. The researchers will also be interviewing a small number of children, parents and carers to understand the effect the permanency amendments had for them. Professionals across diverse sectors and interest groups will be interviewed so they can share their experiences and express their views. Members of a Stakeholder Reference Group are providing feedback and advice as the study moves forward and helping with information sharing, so people who work in, and are affected by, the child protection system feel informed and can ask further questions if they need to.
 
If you would like to make a comment or ask a question about the project, please send your message to the research team via the project email PALS-stakeholder@unimelb.edu.au.
 

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