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Project:                        Review Aboriginal Child, Youth and Family Strategy

Organisation:               NSW Department of Families and Communities

Project date:                2010 – 2011

The Aboriginal Child Youth and Family Strategy (ACYFS) is a prevention and early intervention strategy that aims to provide Aboriginal children and young people with the best start in life.  The Strategy has a particular focus on supporting Aboriginal families with children aged up to 5 years. This is underpinned by a strong body of evidence demonstrating the importance of the early years in a child’s development and the long term effectiveness of supporting parents and children during these years.

The purpose of the evaluation was ultimately to determine the success of parenting books aimed at supporting Aboriginal communities and more specifically to:

  • Determine the benefits to families and children
  • Document the perceived benefits to stakeholders in the creation of the parenting books aimed at supporting parenting
  • Explore what contribution the books have made to promote the use of traditional languages in the family home and in other services/programs
  • Explore the influence of the books in making services more culturally competent
  • Document the progress of the Aboriginal Parenting Strategy over a staggered period.