Interim Review Report

The Interim Review found that Keep Them Safe has been implemented fairly well given the ambitious scale and scope of the reform, and the tight timeframes in the Action Plan. As of December 2012, almost all individual commitments had been substantially implemented (by this time, those which were by their nature one-off or time limited initiatives had been completed, and those initiatives which involved ongoing service delivery were operational).

The Interim Review found that the most successful systemic reforms relate to the new ROSH threshold, and early-stage efforts at cultural change and service system re-alignment. These include the change management strategy and aspects of regional coordination such as the KTS Regional Project Managers, training relating to the new ROSH threshold, the Mandatory Reporter Guide and the CWUs. It also found that several reforms to front-line services have been successful, including some new and expanded universal and early intervention/prevention services, the trial of alternative dispute resolution and out-of-home care coordinators in health and education, and the expansion of the home-school liaison program in education.

Although many other KTS initiatives are having some of their intended immediate effects, the Interim Review identified early signs of structural constraints which may impact on the achievement of broader goals. These include the new ROSH threshold itself, workforce capacity and capability issues, alignment of service eligibility criteria, the impact of new funding models and the challenge of institutionalising the gains from the change management strategy. These are all discussed in more detail in the Interim Review Report.

The Interim Review reached these conclusions based on evidence gathered through of six interlinked evaluation components. These are described in separate subsections of this site, listed in the menu to the left. Review reports are also available for download in these sections.