This panel will bring together leaders from across the domestic and family violence and child protection sectors in Queensland. Facilitated by Meegan Crawford (Chief Practitioner, Department of Child Safety, Youth Justice and Multicultural Affairs), the panel will discuss how a series of research studies have influenced the implementation of evidence-based policy and practice reform.
The studies were The Collaborative Practice Framework for Child Protection and specialist domestic and family violence services: The PATRICIA project (2016), Invisible Practices (2018), STACY (2019) and STACY for Children (2020). All these studies have looked at domestic violence-informed practice (DVIP) and drawn on the Safe & Together Model (Mandel). Invisible Practices focused on work with fathers in the context of perpetrator accountability; STACY looked at the intersection between domestic and family violence behaviour and other parental issues like mental health or substance use.
The discussion will focus on how these studies have provided practice guidance that has changed the way that child protection workers respond to families, for example in shifting casework from a “failure to protect” (often mothers) focus to instead prioritising assessment and interventions with the perpetrator (often fathers). The panel will give examples of how this practice shift has had ramifications in wider systemic change, for example in child protection initiatives, child protection litigation (Office of the Chief Solicitor) and integrated response (cross-agency) forums (high risk teams). The panel will reflect on how the learning from these research studies continues to influence policy and practice and the increasing focus by policymakers and legislators on the Family Court and other systems.