A community-based parent-support programme to prevent child maltreatment: Protocol for a randomised controlled trial

Mairead Furlong, Sinead McGilloway, Ann Stokes, Grainne Hickey, Yvonne Leckey, Tracey Bywater, Ciaran O'Neill, Chris Cardwell, Brian Taylor, Michael Donnelly

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The prevention of child abuse and neglect is a global public health priority due to its serious, long-lasting effects on personal, social, and economic outcomes. The Children At Risk Model (ChARM) is a wraparound-inspired intervention that coordinates evidence-based parenting- and home-visiting programmes, along with community-based supports, in order to address the multiple and complex needs of families at risk of child abuse or neglect. The study comprises a multi-centre, randomised controlled trial, with embedded economic and process evaluations. The study is being conducted in two child-welfare agencies within socially disadvantaged settings in Ireland. Families with children aged 3-11 years who are at risk of maltreatment (n = 50) will be randomised to either the 20-week ChARM programme (n = 25) or to standard care (n = 25) using a 1:1 allocation ratio. The primary outcomes are incidences of child maltreatment and child behaviour and wellbeing. Secondary outcomes include quality of parent-child relationships, parental stress, mental health, substance use, recorded incidences of substantiated abuse, and out-of-home placements. Assessments will take place at pre-intervention, and at 6- and 12-month follow-up periods. The study is the first evaluation of a wraparound-inspired intervention, incorporating evidence-based programmes, designed to prevent child abuse and neglect within intact families. The findings offer a unique contribution to the development, implementation and evaluation of effective interventions in the prevention of child abuse and neglect.
Original languageEnglish
JournalHealth Research Board Open Research
Early online date05 Apr 2018
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A community-based parent-support programme to prevent child maltreatment: Protocol for a randomised controlled trial. / Furlong, Mairead; McGilloway, Sinead; Stokes, Ann; Hickey, Grainne ; Leckey, Yvonne ; Bywater, Tracey; O'Neill, Ciaran; Cardwell, Chris; Taylor, Brian; Donnelly, Michael.

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