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Let's start: a program for Territory parents and children



Let's start: a program for Territory parents and children

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Let's Start parent child program


Robinson, Gary; Mares, Sarah; Jones, Yomei; Stock, Carolin; Hallenstein, Birgit; Branchut, Virginie


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This paper describes the 'Let's Start' program for Aboriginal parents and children in the Northern Territory, including its context, rationale, and the evidence of its effectiveness. This program follows on from the 'Ngaripirliga'ajirri - Exploring Together Program' for school aged children in the Tiwi Islands, run from 1999-2004, and the 'Let's Start - Exploring Together for Indigenous Preschools' program for younger children in the Tiwi Islands as well as Darwin, which was run from 2006-2010. Based on this experience, the program has been adapted and redeveloped as the 'Let's Start Parent-Child Program'.; Made available via the Publications (Legal Deposit) Act 2004 (NT).


Centre for Child Development and Education, Menzies School of Health Research

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Background -- Introduction -- What is Let's Start? -- Early intervention: context and rationale -- Conclusion: the Let's Start approach -- References.




Children, Aboriginal Australian; Services for; Parenting; Study and teaching

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Menzies School of Health Research

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21 pages : colour illustrations ; 30 cm.

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9781922104021; 9781922104038

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13Lets Start Parent Child Program and school are approached for information about children whose behaviour suggests that they need support. Both teachers and practitioners in other services are consulted to identify children suitable for referral to Lets Start. Sometimes referrals are made because a family and child are experiencing acute, severe problems. Referrals in these circumstances need careful assessment. Acute crises often mean that a family may be functioning poorly or that a parent is very unwell and may therefore find it difficult to complete the program. They may be advised to wait until circumstances improve before beginning Lets Start. Because the Lets Start program is planned in advance and involves groups participating for a whole term, cases needing urgent assistance may have to wait one or two terms before a program is available. Lets Start consults parents about alternative services and seeks expert assistance if there is risk that is beyond the teams expertise. Referral to the program involves transfer of information about a child from an agency to Lets Start. For this reason, a formal process is followed that preserves the confidentiality of all parties. All information collected about the participating child and family is kept securely according to requirements for confidentiality specified by the Human Research Ethics Committee. Parents are asked to sign written consent for schools and agencies to release information to Lets Start for evaluation purposes. Lets Start does not provide information to outside parties about confidential matters discussed at referral or during the program, including evaluation data, unless a parent asks for this to happen. Lets Start works for the care and protection of children: leaders are required to report suspected child abuse and neglect under sections 15 and 26 of the Care and Protection of Children Act 2007 (NT). What is Lets Start?

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