Policy & Research

Leading UnitingCare Children, Young People and Families’ (CYPF) commitment to social justice advocacy, the Social Justice Unit champions evidence based programs and public policies that can improve the lives of vulnerable children, young people and families. Read more about the Social Justice Unit

Social Policy & Advocacy

The Social Policy and Advocacy Team develop and implement strategies to influence public opinion and government decision-making on social policy issues affecting vulnerable children and young people and their families. We do this by:

  • developing and implementing advocacy campaigns
  • developing submissions, policy papers and campaigns
  • engaging with our programs to monitor government policy implementation
  • working with other organisations and networks to increase the effectiveness of wider sector policy and advocacy.

Our work is informed by the latest research, our organisation's extensive service delivery experience and the voices and stories of the people who use our services. 

Research & Program Development

The Research and Program Development team contributes to the work of the Service Group’s Social Justice Unit by:

  1. building the evidence base which underpins our service models and supports high quality practice
  2. facilitating research-based advocacy by establishing the policy frameworks which best support children, young people and families experiencing acute disadvantage
  3. analysis of Minimum Data Set and outcomes measures for all UnitingCare Children, Young People and Families programs.

We have an extensive internal research program and participate in research partnerships with universities, government and other non-government organisations. Our research publications series will be posted shortly.

Current research projects include:

  • Exploring processes of change in parenting interventions for high risk parents: ARC Linkage Grant with the Children and Families Research Centre, Macquarie University
  • Understanding School Responses to Students Challenging Behaviour and exploring student experiences of suspension/exclusion in NSW schools
  • Child-led research
  • A critique of conditional welfare and the new paternalism: constructing alternatives visions for the welfare state
  • Educational outcomes for children and young people in out-of-home care
  • The application of Bruce Perry's work on the impact of trauma and maltreatment on a child’s developmental capacity to practice in residential care settings
  • Effective practice in working with families effected by, and perpetrators of, domestic violence
  • Evaluation of Newpin Inside: a therapeutic program for parents in prison
  • We are also developing evaluation frameworks for new Burnside services including Yenu Allowah (the Aboriginal Child and Family Centre in Mt Druitt) and a Community Detention model for unaccompanied minors. Later this year we will conduct a clinical trial on the application of the Emotional Freedom Technique in Unifam’s work with families undergoing high conflict separations and study the outcomes for clients of UnitingCare Disability who have been assisted to transition from boarding houses to supported accommodation.

Commissioned research projects include:

 For more information about doing research with UnitingCare Children, Young People and Families click here.