These publications from the Department of Health and Human Services share the complexities of work with children, youth and families and some of the innovative practice approaches being used to address them. This is an annual publication shining a spotlight on examples of good practice and the variety of practice approaches available.

Identify, Design, Implement, Evaluate

OPEN Quick Guide: Reflect and Review (Practitioner)

Reflect and Review, Quick Guide

This OPEN Quick Guide provides an overview of what Reflect and Review means for practitioners. It provides you with practical advice to nurture a culture of evidence-informed practice and continuous improvement.

Design

OPEN Quick Guide: Reflect and Review (Program Design and Development)

Reflect and Review, Quick Guide

This OPEN Quick Guide provides a useful overview of what the Reflect and Review process means for program design and development. It provides you with practical advice to nurture a culture of evidence-informed practice and continuous improvement.

Identify, Design, Implement, Evaluate

OPEN Tool: Reflect and Review Guiding Questions

Practice Tool, Reflect and Review

This OPEN Tool provides some key questions to support the Reflect and Review process. In order to make high-quality decisions it is important to systematically reflect on, and review data, practice and client feedback to adapt and enhance your approach.

Evaluate

OPEN Webinar Series – Reflecting and Learning from Evaluation Findings

Evaluation, Practice Tool, Webinar, Reflect and Review

The final webinar for this series discussed the role of evaluative thinking – what happened, so what, now what – in learning and reflection and how to reflect on and apply learning through workshops, feedback loops and sprints. The slides for this webinar have been uploaded as an additional resource.

Evaluate

OPEN Webinar Series – Reflecting and Learning from Evaluation Findings (Slides)

Evaluation, Practice Tool, Webinar, Reflect and Review

The final webinar for this series discussed the role of evaluative thinking – what happened, so what, now what – in learning and reflection and how to reflect on and apply learning through workshops, feedback loops and sprints.

Anglicare’s Social Action and Research Centre has released a paper that examines how the accommodation needs of unaccompanied children aged under 16 have been articulated and addressed across a number of Australian jurisdictions. The paper follows from an earlier release of ‘Too Hard? Highly vulnerable teens in Tasmania’, which found that highly vulnerable teens struggle to find safe accommodation, and that a completed circle of care was needed to ensure they do not fall through the cracks. This iteration explores the policy, programs and services offered in other Australian states and territories which address the shortage of medium and long-term care for older children unable to return home.