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The Integrated Family Support Project (IFSP) was established in late 2007 as a three year pilot project to develop a model for collaboration between government and nongovernment agencies and families in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) who needed coordinated support. Framed by a strengths perspective, the program sought to work with families early in the life of the child and life of the problem, before the problems necessitated statutory child protection intervention, or in the early stages of statutory involvement. The IFSP was jointly funded for three years by the Commonwealth Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs (FaHCSIA) and the ACT Department of Disability, Housing and Community Services (DHCS). It built upon a previous 12 month trial project, and ceased in November 2010 at the conclusion of funding.

DHCS commissioned the Institute of Child Protection Studies (ICPS) at the Australian Catholic University (ACU) to develop an evaluation framework for the IFSP, provide sixmonthly progress reports after progress workshops, implement a medium-term process evaluation in 2009 and an outcome evaluation in 2010. This document reports the outcome evaluation.


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