Kikkert to host forum: Evidence-based Approaches to Helping Children, Young People and Families

The Shadow Minister for Families, Youth and Community Services Elizabeth
Kikkert will host a public forum at the ACT Legislative Assembly this morning
looking at evidence-based approaches to helping children, young people and
families.

International child welfare experts Dr Sylvia Rowlands, Senior Vice President of
Evidence-Based Programs at the New York Foundling and Dr Tom Sexton, Professor in
the Department of Counselling and Educational Psychology at Indiana University and
model developer for Functional Family Therapy will present their findings at Mrs Kikkert’s
public forum today.

Topics to be discussed include:

• What evidence-based models are and how they have successfully reduced the
numbers of children in out-of-home care and youth detention in jurisdictions
around the world,
• How evidence-based models meet the specific needs of Aboriginal and Torres
Strait Islander families in ways that honour culture and strengthen communities,
• How these models can be both more successful and more cost effective than
traditional methods, and;
• What specific impacts a robust evidence-based approach could have on child
and youth protection and youth justice in the ACT.

“I’m looking forward to hearing from international leaders in the field of child welfare
about some of the models and methods used around the world to help vulnerable people
in our community,” Mrs Kikkert said.