Publications

All Pathways of Care Longitudinal Study (POCLS) publications, including peer-reviewed journal articles, will be listed on this page. The POCLS has its own publication series: Research papers (results), Technical papers (design & methodology) and Brief & Slide Decks.

Research papers

Technical papers

Briefs & slide-decks

POCLS Briefs

Evidence to Action Notes

Slide-decks

Video recordings

September 2017

The 2017 Australian Social Policy Conference

The Australian Social Policy Conference hosted a Pathways of Care Longitudinal Study (POCLS) Special Session on the 27th September 2017. The session started with a brief overview of the study including the study design, data sources, progress and a snapshot of how children are faring since entering out-of-home care on the key developmental outcomes of physical health, socio-emotional wellbeing and cognitive/learning ability. This was followed by presentations based on in-depth analyses of POCLS data:

Overview of the Pathways of Care Longitudinal Study
Merran Butler

Understanding children’s contact and relationships with family in out-of-home care
Judy Cashmore AO

Aboriginal children in out-of-home care: placement differences, outcomes and pathways through care
Paul Delfabbro

Service use of children in out-of-home care over time
Ilan Katz

August 2016

Pathways of Care Longitudinal Study Roundtable (August 2016)

A POCLS Roundtable with FACS staff and stakeholders was held on the 18th August 2016. A panel of OOHC experts were asked to reflect on the policy questions that the study could address and what area they would like more in-depth analyses undertaken. Panel: Maree Walk (Deputy Secretary Program and Service Design FACS) CHAIR; Deidre Cheers (ACWA Chairperson); Lisa Townshend (NSW State Co-ordinator CREATE); Casey Ralph (Chief of Operations KARI); Robyn Bale (Student Engagement & Interagency Partnerships DoE); Sandra Heriot (Office of the Senior Practitioner FACS); Janet Vickers (District Director FACS).

The Association of Children’s Welfare Agencies (ACWA) Conference 2016

The ACWA Conference 2016 was held on the 17th August 2016.  The POCLS symposium presenters were:

  • Dr Fred Wulczyn, Chapin Hall Centre for Children, University of Chicago presenting on Placement Stability in Out-of-Home Care.
  • Professor Paul Delfabbro, University of Adelaide presenting on A Profile of Foster Care and Kinship Care in New South Wales.
  • Professor Judy Cashmore, University of Sydney presenting on Relational Aspects of Children’s Experience in Out-of-Home Care.
  • Professor Ilan Katz, University of NSW presenting on Service Use by Children and Carers in Out-of-Home-Care.

The POCLS presentations at the symposium were based on analyses of data collected from caregivers and children approximately 18 months after entering out-of-home care (1,285 interviews were completed at Wave 1) and a follow-up interview approximately 18 months later (1,200 interviews were completed at Wave 2). The children entered out-of-home care in NSW between May 2010 and October 2011 and are aged between 9 months to 17 years old when interviewed.

August 2016

The Western District Pathways of Care Longitudinal Study Seminar

The FACS Western District hosted a Pathways of Care Longitudinal Study seminar on the 16th August 2016. The seminar started with a brief overview of the study. This was followed by presentations based on in-depth analyses of data collected from caregivers and children approximately 18 months after entering out-of-home care (1,285 interviews were completed at Wave 1) and a follow-up interview approximately 18 months later (1,200 interviews were completed at Wave 2). The children in the study entered out-of-home care in NSW between May 2010 and October 2011 and were aged between 9 months and 17 years old when interviewed. The study findings are contextualised with presentations by Karen Peters, Jo Lawrence and Sharryn Wheeler, which provide a useful overview of OOHC in Western District.

FACS Welcome and introduction
Karen Peters, NSW Department of Family and Community Services

Western NSW FACS Welcome and introduction
Jo Lawrence, NSW Department of Family and Community Services

Overview of the Pathways of Care Longitudinal Study
Marina Paxman, NSW Department of Family and Community Services

A profile of foster care and kinship care in New South Wales
Paul Delfabbro, University of Adelaide

Service Use of children and carers in out-of-home-care
Ilan Katz, University of NSW

Relational aspects of children’s experience in out-of-home care
Judy Cashmore, University of Sydney

Placement stability in out-of-home care
Fred Wulczyn, Chapin Hall Centre for Children, University of Chicago

FACS Western District child protection initiatives
Sharryn Wheeler, NSW Department of Family and Community Services

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Seminar Q&A

* Please note, to access transcriptions of these presentations please see the ACWA conference recordings available on the Pathways of Care Longitudinal Study publications page.

September 2015

Pathways of Care Longitudinal Study Roundtable (September 2015)

A POCLS Roundtable with FACS staff and stakeholders was held on the 30 September 2015. A panel of OOHC experts were asked to reflect on the policy questions that the baseline data could address and what area they would like more in-depth analyses undertaken? Panel: Maree Walk (Deputy Secretary Program and Service Design (FACS) CHAIR; Simone Walker (Executive Director Design Innovation Safety and Permanency FACS); Louise Coe (Director Child Safe Organisations, Office of the Children’s Guardian); Deidre Cheers (ACWA Chairperson); Steve Kinmond (Deputy Ombudsman); Tim Ireland (CEO AbSec); and Maria Chan (Community Facilitator CREATE).

Conference presentations

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