Information for participants

Pathways of Care Longitudinal Study collects primary data on children from 9 months of age. The data collection includes at least five rounds of face-to-face interviews with caregivers, activities with children over three years of age and a short interview with children over seven years of age. Birth parents are also invited to take part in the interviews if the child(ren) is restored during the study.

The NSW Department of Family and Community Services researchers contact every caregiver to seek their permission to securely transfer their contact details to I-view (an independent data collection agency that specialises in social research data collection) and this is referred to as an 'opt-in' recruitment process

The interviews are conducted by trained interviewers from I-view. The interviews are crucial to the study where detailed information is collected on the characteristics, needs, experiences and outcomes of the children.

Information about the study is available to participants:

  • children and young people
  • caregivers
  • birth parents
  • caseworkers
  • teachers.

To report suspected child abuse or neglect, call the Child Protection Helpline on 132 111 (24 hours/7 days)