“A safe haven to support me”: an evaluation report on the Central Coast Family Wellbeing Program

Klieve, Helen, Cheer, Karen, Whiteside, Mary, Baird, Leslie, MacLean, Sarah, and Tsey, Komla (2019) “A safe haven to support me”: an evaluation report on the Central Coast Family Wellbeing Program. Report. Cairns Institute, Cairns, Queensland.

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Abstract

A significant proportion of young people in Australia including the NSW Central Coast region are not engaged in school, work and other social systems. The consequences of disengagement can be profound and are linked to higher rates of social and mental health problems, including suicide, alcohol and drug use. Being male and Indigenous are amongst the key factors identified as being risks for youth disengagement. This report presents an analysis of the Family Wellbeing (FWB) program on the NSW Central Coast. FWB implementation is designed to enhance the social and emotional wellbeing of young Aboriginal men and improve engagement in education, employment and other social and cultural participation. The report draws attention to the need for more sustainable funding for promising programs such as the Central Coast FWB including properly resourced long-term evaluation. Insecurity and loss of funding means a loss of opportunity for future participants to be supported, mentored and engaged in learning and employment. It will also impact on those who have completed FWB and who rely on the FWB network for ongoing support.

Item ID: 59155
Item Type: Report (Report)
ISBN: 978-0-6485037-5-0
Date Deposited: 07 Jul 2020 00:59
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1607 Social Work > 160703 Social Program Evaluation @ 50%
13 EDUCATION > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130301 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education @ 50%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9203 Indigenous Health > 920301 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Health - Determinants of Health @ 40%
93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939901 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education @ 20%
94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9401 Community Service (excl. Work) > 940102 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Development and Welfare @ 40%
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