Improved outcomes for families and children by linking research to practice – the final stage of the implementation of Wanslea’s Practice Framework- Continuous Quality Improvement

Program evaluation snapshots
Wednesday 25 July, 1130 – 1150


Pauline Dixon

What matters most to families? The families that Wanslea meets want three things: they want to keep their children, care safely for them and have them returned from out of home care.

Wanslea has been working with families at risk of losing their children for many years. Recently it developed its practice with families experiencing vulnerability by linking research evidence to established promising practice, with the help of the Parenting Research Centre. The motivation was to ensure that families had access to the best possible outcomes to improve their wellbeing and that of their children and to enhance the skill base of practitioners and provide them with the best possible training and support.

Wanslea followed an approach developed by the National Implementation Research Network in the United States that provided a structure for managing organisational change. An implementation team guided the process to ensure that skills and practices that have been shown to effect positive outcomes in families, are consistently used.

One of the key implementation drivers, data driven decision making has become embedded in both every day practice and leadership. A continuous quality improvement process is informing ongoing implementation and program development. Along with a comprehensive family support program guided by the Wanslea Practice Framework, validated tools are eliciting families’ perspectives as to what they want for their children and how they feel that they are managing the complexities of life. The outcomes of two years of family data will be shared as part of this presentation