Pathways of Care Longitudinal Study: how does placement stability influence children’s developmental outcomes over time?

Stream: Pathways of care longitudinal study
Date: Tuesday, 10 September 2019
Time: 3.45 pm – 5.05 pm


Placement stability is an important indicator of the functioning of an out-of-home care (OOHC) system. Previous research suggests that frequent placement changes have a negative impact on outcomes for children in OOHC. Based on the first 3 Waves of POCLS data, this paper examines the impact of placement stability on a range of developmental outcomes for children in OOHC in NSW with the ability to consider a range of child, carer and placement characteristics. The findings from multi-level growth curve models that examine the impact of placement stability on these developmental outcomes will inform policy, practice and service system improvements.


Nafisa Asif, Family and Community Services
Nafisa joined FACS research in 2018 right after completing her PhD in Health Psychology. She has acquired high levels of research and data analysis skills through her experience in a variety of research position in both local and international contexts. Prior to joining FACS, she has worked as a Research and Integrity Analyst for the Department of Home Affairs.

Courtney Breen, Family and Community Services
Courtney has recently joined the POCLS team. She has extensive experience in intervention research and evaluation working with vulnerable and disadvantaged populations using a range of research methodologies and analytical skills. Courtney holds an Adjunct academic position with the National Drug and Alcohol Centre, UNSW where she worked for 18 years in drug and alcohol research.

Robert Wells (Presenter), Family and Community Services
Robert joined the POCLS team in March 2019. He previously worked for the Advocate for Children & Young People. He has contributed to research on children in a wide number of areas including data analysis, mental health, public health, and child development. Robert has a PhD in Economics as well a Bachelor of Economics (Hons).

Albert Zhou, Family and Community Services
Albert Zhou joined FACS in 2005. Albert is a statistician and researcher with expertise in data management, statistical analysis and modelling. He’s particularly interested in the application of statistical techniques and methodologies in public policy research and evaluation to inform decision making and policy development.