Research and Innovation

MacKillop Family Services is committed to innovative practice, research and policy development.

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Through our advocacy and involvement in projects, policy development, conference papers and journal articles MacKillop seeks to promote better outcomes for children, young people and vulnerable families.

MacKillop Family Services supports research and evaluation that seeks to improve outcomes for vulnerable children, young people and families.

MacKillop's Quality and Research Committee review all requests for our participation in research, whether it be with our clients, staff or volunteers.

If you are undertaking research and you would like to speak with our clients, staff or volunteers as part of the research, please contact us:

Dr Nick Halfpenny
Director of Policy and Quality

Ché Stockley
Senior Policy Officer


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Leaving Care Material

MacKillop Family Services views leaving care as a critical time for young people and is committed to promoting better leaving care preparation, support and outcomes.  Read more

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Education Material

MacKillop Family Services is committed to ensuring that all children and young people have equitable access to education.   Read more

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Prevention and Early Intervention Material

MacKillop is committed to early intervention with children, young people and families to resolve problems and prevent escalation.  Read more

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Housing and Homelessness Material

MacKillop is a provider of homelessness services in NSW and as such is ideally placed to contribute to policy development on the issue of youth homelessness and housing policy development.  Read more

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Heritage Material

MacKillop Family Services is responsible for the preservation and safe storage of the historical records of our founding agencies.  Read more

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Evaluation Material

MacKillop is committed to reflective, analytically and evidence-informed approaches to the design, provision and review of all our services.   Read more