Improving services to children and families, and reducing entries into statutory care.
Emma Fenby (Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare), Gary Groves (Executive Director, NSW Stronger Communities Investment Unit, Their Futures Matter Reform), Deb Tsorbaris (CEO, Centre for Excellence in Child & Family Welfare) Eleanor Williams (A/Director, Centre for Evaluation and Research Evidence, DHHS)
Emma Fenby (Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare), Gary Groves (NSW Stronger Communities Investment Unit), Deb Tsorbaris (Centre for Excellence in Child & Family Welfare), Eleanor Williams (DHHS)

In this seminar, Gary Groves, Executive Director of the NSW Stronger Communities Investment Unit delivering the “Their Futures Matter” reforms, explains how data driven decision making is being used in NSW to improve services to children and families, and reduce entries into statutory care.  

Gary describes how machine learning has been used to model linked data on 2.3 million children in NSW over a 27 year period to identify the combination of risk indicators that explain the pathway of children into care.

Two priority areas in this program of work include vulnerable children under the age of 5 and children/young people with mental health issues.

Data generated using this approach not only identifies clients with high levels of need, it also helps inform where future programs and investments are most needed.

This seminar was a collaboration between the DHHS Centre for Evaluation and Research Evidence and the Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare. For further information on these reforms please see Their Futures Matter website.

Gary Groves presentation