Communities for Children Facilitating Partners Evidence-based program profiles

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How we select programs

How we select programs

When assessing programs for our list of evidence-based programs (aka The Guidebook), we look for programs that have been tested with high quality evaluations and are easy to replicate, with training or manuals easily accessible in Australia.

To find the best quality programs available, we review international databases and clearinghouses, and Australian best practice and promising practice guides and assessments.

A program needs to meet these criteria to be classed as evidence-based:

  • The objectives of the program are in line with the objectives of the Communities for Children Facilitating Partner model.
  • The program is primarily targeted at children aged 0–12 years and their families.
  • The program must have the following documented information readily available:
    • aims, objectives and a theoretical basis for the program
    • a program logic or similar
    • the target group for the program is clearly articulated
    • elements/activities of the program and why they are important.
  • The program should include a training manual or documentation that allows for replication within Australia.

Evaluation of the program must have been undertaken with the following characteristics:

  • Impact: At least one high quality evaluation has been conducted that showed positive impacts on the desired outcomes of the program(s), and no negative effects were found. The program must have been evaluated in a cultural setting that is similar to Australia.
  • Design (one or more of):
    • A randomised controlled trial or quasi-experimental design that has a sample size of at least 20 participants in each of the intervention and control groups.
    • High-quality qualitative evaluation that includes at least 20 participants. The assessment of quality relies on availability of information about factors such as the selection/inclusion/recruitment processes, the nature and representativeness of the sample, the process for administering data collection tools, and the degree of independence from the program developer/implementer.
    • A high-quality combination of the above (mixed methods).

Below are the profiles of evidence-based programs that have a sufficient evidence base to be considered approved for use under the 50% requirement for Communities for Children Facilitating Partners. If you would like AIFS to consider a program for inclusion in the list below, email [email protected].


1-2-3 Magic and Emotion Coaching

The 1-2-3 Magic and Emotion Coaching program aims to help parents and carers manage difficult child behaviour with a focus on strategies and techniques that promote positive behaviour; encouragement in developing the child's ability to manage their emotional reactions; and relationship-building.

Delivered to: Parents


Abecedarian Approach Australia (3a)

The program is a combination of teaching and learning strategies for use in early childhood settings and parenting programs designed to enhance children’s cognitive, emotional and communication outcomes and readiness for school.

Delivered to: Infants (0-2 years); Early childhood (3-5 years); At-risk or vulnerable


Baby Makes 3

Assists first time parents to adapt to the demands and expectations of parenthood, and promotes equal and respectful relationships during the transition to parenthood.

Delivered to: Parents

Bringing Up Great Kids

The program uses mindfulness and reflection to assist parents in examining and improving their communication and exchanges with their children so that they may foster more respectful and positive interactions, which support children’s development and positive identity. Works to address the sources of parents’ negative or unhelpful attitudes.

Delivered to: Parents; At-risk or vulnerable


Circle of Security (CoS)

Parent/child psychotherapy designed to assist parents to provide their children with the emotional support needed to develop secure attachment, resilience and enhanced school readiness.

Delivered to: Infants (0-2 years); Early childhood (3-5 years); Middle childhood (6-12 years); Parents; At-risk or vulnerable

Cool Kids

A cognitive behaviour therapy program that teaches children and their parents how to manage anxiety disorders.

Delivered to: Middle childhood (6-12 years); Parents

Cool Little Kids

An early intervention version of the Cool Kids program that aims to educate parents on how best to parent a child with anxiety.

Delivered to: Parents


Daughters and Dads Active and Empowered

Aims to enhance the social-emotional wellbeing, sport skills and physical activity of primary school-aged girls and strengthen the involvement and engagement fathers have with their daughters. 

Delivered to: Middle childhood (6–12 years); Parents

DRUMBEAT (Discovering Relationships Using Music, Beliefs, Emotions, Attitudes and Thoughts)

A music program focusing on exploring healthy, supportive relationships, emphasising teamwork and cooperation.

Delivered to: Early childhood (3-5 years); Middle childhood (6-12 years); Parents; At-risk or vulnerable


Empowering Parents, Empowering Communities (EPEC)

EPEC is a peer-to-peer program that trains parents to deliver the ‘Being a Parent’ (BAP) course in their communities. The BAP course aims to help parents develop positive communication and parenting skills, emotional literacy, and to encourage parents to be mindful of how their words and actions can impact on children’s wellbeing.

Delivered to: Parents; At-risk or vulnerable

Exploring Together

Cognitive-behavioural therapy program designed to be used in the classroom or community settings that aims to increase the resilience and happiness of children.

Delivered to: Early childhood (3-7 years); Middle childhood (5-14 years); Parents


FAST (Families and Schools Together)

Early intervention and prevention program that helps children succeed by empowering parents, connecting families, improving the school climate and strengthening community engagement. FAST delivery has been successful in the remotest of Indigenous communities in Australia through to schools and families in our capital cities.

Delivered to: Early childhood (0-5 years); Middle childhood (6-12 years); Teen (13-17); Parents; At-risk or vulnerable

Fun FRIENDS, FRIENDS for Life and My FRIENDS Youth

Fun FRIENDS (4-7), FRIENDS for Life (8-9) and My FRIENDS Youth (10-15) are structured, group based programs that teach children resilience, self–esteem and emotional skills such as coping with stress and worry, developing social skills, recognising and regulating emotions in self and others, positive thinking, problem solving and relaxation.

Delivered to: Early childhood (3-5 years); Middle childhood (6-12 years); At-risk or vulnerable


Healthy & Safe: An Australian Parent Education Kit

A home‐based education resource tailored to the learning needs of parents with learning difficulties. It is designed to equip parents of young children with the knowledge and skills necessary for managing home dangers, accidents and childhood illness.

Delivered to: Parents


Incredible Years

Group-based social learning model program for parents, teachers and children that reduces challenging behaviors in children and increases social and emotional learning and self-control skills. Develops parenting skills and increases parents' involvement in children's school experience. Parent groups are grouped according to age: 0-12 months, 1-3 years, 3-6 years and 6-12 years.

Delivered to: Infants (0-2 years); Early childhood (3-5 years); Middle childhood (6-12 years); Parents

INFANT (INfant Feeding Active play and NuTrition)

Aims to improve parents’ and caregivers’ knowledge and skills around healthy eating, active play, limiting screen time and, in turn, healthy growth from the start of life.

Delivered to: Infants (0-2 years); Parents


Journey of Hope

Teaches children social and emotional skill building to promote self-efficacy, problem solving and positive coping so they may have the capacity to overcome current and future trauma.

Delivered to: Middle childhood (6-12 years)


Learning Language and Loving It

A professional development program that equips early childhood educators/teachers with practical, interactive strategies for building the social, language and early literacy skills of preschool children.

Delivered to: Infants (0-2 years); Early childhood (3-5 years)


PALS Social Skills Program: Playing and Learning to Socialise

Training in PALS is no longer offered in Australia. The program can however be delivered by CFC FPs that have previously completed the training course.

Delivered to:

Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)

PCIT is a cognitive behavioural intervention that aims to decrease behavioural problems, increase positive parent behaviours and improve the quality of the parent-child relationship.

Delivered to: Infants (0-2 years); Early childhood (3-5 years); Middle childhood (6-12 years); Parents; At-risk or vulnerable

Parent-Child Mother Goose (P-CMG)

A group program for parents/carers and their babies/young children. P-CMG supports the development of secure parent-child attachment, promotes children’s speech development and enhances families community inclusion through the pleasure and power of using rhymes, songs, and stories together.

Delivered to: Parents; Infants (0-2 years); Early childhood (3-5 years)

Parent Effectiveness Training (PET)

This educational program aims to improve family life by changing parental child-rearing attitudes and practices, and by changing children’s behaviour – primarily through altering communication styles.

Delivered to: Parents

Parents as Teachers (PAT)

A Home visitation program that focuses on five core competencies: - Family support and parenting education - Child and Family development - Human diversity within family systems - Health safety and nutrition - Relationships between families and communities **Parents as Teachers (PAT)** is an early childhood parent education, family support and well-being, and school readiness home visiting model based on the premise that "all children will learn, grow, and develop to realise their full potential."

Delivered to: At-risk or vulnerable; Pregnant women; Parents and Carers of Children aged 0-3 years.

Parents Under Pressure (PuP)

Individualised home-visiting, case-management program designed for families where there are multiple issues that impact on family functioning such as depression, anxiety, substance misuse, family violence, financial stress, and where there is a high risk of child maltreatment. Mindfulness techniques are used to improve parental emotional regulation. These, combined with emotional availability constructs, are used to support or enhance the carer/parent-child relationship to promote a nurturing environment and thus improve child self-regulation. The PuP program is individualised to suit the needs of each family with supporting materials to help put PuP into practice.

Delivered to: Infants (0-2 years); Early childhood (3-5 years); Middle childhood (6-12 years); Parents; At-risk or vulnerable

PeepLTP (Peep Learning Together Programme)

An adult learning program that aims to support parents to develop sensitive and responsive relationships with their babies and young children and improve the home learning environment.

Delivered to: Infants (0-2 years); Early childhood (3-5 years)


Playsteps is a parent and child play-based program helping parents to strengthen their relationship and interactions with their child while learning practical parenting skills and building local support networks.

Delivered to: Parents


Seasons for Growth

An education program that builds the resilience and wellbeing of children who have recently experienced loss due to death, family separation or migration. Seasons for Growth aims to support young people to understand their feelings, help them develop skills for coping, restore self-confidence and educate them about the grief process. The program is underpinned by evidence about resilience, emotional competence and identity. A version of the program called Stormbirds is also available for children affected by natural disasters.

Delivered to: Middle childhood (6-12 years)

Second Step

Second Step is universal program designed to increase students’ school success/ school-readiness, improve peer relationships, and decrease problem behaviours by promoting social-emotional competence and self-regulation. Curriculum differs according to age groups.

Delivered to: Early childhood (3-5 years); Middle childhood (6-12 years)

Secret Agent Society

The multi-media program aims to teach children to recognise and manage their own feelings, cope with change, detect other people’s emotions, develop and maintain friendships, social problems, and deal with bullying.

Delivered to: Middle childhood (6-12 years); Parents


An early intervention peer support program for siblings of children with disabilities. SibWorks aims to reduce social isolation, enhance social networks, improve relationships between family members, and increase children’s resilience.

Delivered to: Middle childhood (6-12 years)

Signposts for Building Better Behaviour

Signposts for Building Better Behaviour aims to: - Enable parents to manage difficult behaviour of their children with an intellectual or developmental disability - Signposts Early School is a variation of the program for typically developing children of early primary school age. - Provide parents with strategies that promote positive behaviour in their children.

Delivered to: Early childhood (3-5 years); Middle childhood (6-12 years); Parents


Sing&Grow provides a learning and therapeutic opportunity for families through structured music-based activities which aim to support positive family relationships and build effective parenting skills.

Delivered to: Infants (0-2 years); Early childhood (3-5 years); Parents; At-risk or vulnerable


smalltalk is a service enhancement that can be embedded within community-based supported playgroups. Designed for participating parents experiencing vulnerable circumstances with children aged 12-months to 4 years. smalltalk aims to enhance the quality and quantity of parental communication and interaction with their children, provide a stimulating environment, enhance parental self-care, strengthen parent confidence and build parental connectedness to their community.

Delivered to: Parents


Through the Looking Glass

Through the Looking Glass (TtLG) is a therapeutic parenting program based on attachment theory principles which aims to strengthen attachment relationships between children aged 0- 5 years and their parents/carers in cases where attachment has been compromised.

Delivered to: Parents

Triple P Positive Parenting Program

An education program designed for a wide variety of parents and carers of children with different needs and diverse socio-economic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds.

Delivered to: Parents; At-risk or vulnerable

Tuning in to Kids

A universal parenting program for parents of children aged 3 – 10 years old. It aims to promote the development of emotional competence and prevent behaviour problems in young children by improving parents’ own emotional competence and teaching them emotion coaching skills.

Delivered to: Parents

Tuning in to Teens

A universal parenting program for parents of children aged 10+ years. The program aims to increase parent-child connection by improving emotional communication in the family. Tuning in to Teens provides parents with a greater understanding of their teen’s emotional experiences while teaching specific skills that can assist in being supportive, empathic and staying connected with the young person. The program builds on the Tuning in to Kids program, which has been shown to have positive effects on young children.

Delivered to: Parents


Volunteer Family Connect

Structured social relationships intervention in the form of volunteer home visiting for families with young children (0-5 years old).

Delivered to: Infants (0-2 years); Early childhood (3-5 years); Parents; At-risk or vulnerable


What Were We Thinking! (WWWT)

Primary universal postpartum mental health prevention and early intervention pyscho-educational program for first time parents/caregivers. WWWT aims to resource and support first-time parents by extending their knowledge and skills in managing their infant's needs. WWWT delivers baby and caregiver content, is father inclusive and helps manage adjustments that occur in the intimate-partner relationship.

Delivered to: Parents