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

    Furlong, Mairéad and Stokes, Ann and McGilloway, Sinéad and Hickey, Grainne and Leckey, Yvonne and Bywater, Tracey and O'Neill, Ciaran and Cardwell, Chris and Taylor, Brian and Donnelly, Michael (2018) A community-based parent-support program to prevent child maltreatment: Protocol for a randomised controlled trial. HRB Open Research, 1 (13). pp. 1-35. ISSN 2515-4826

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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. This paper presents the protocol for a study that will be carried out to evaluate this new service model (i.e. no results available as yet). The study comprises a multi-centre, randomised controlled trial, with embedded economic and process evaluations. The study will be 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 high risk families where children are still living in the home. The findings will offer a unique contribution to the development, implementation and evaluation of effective interventions in the prevention of child abuse and neglect. The trial is registered with the International Standard Randomised Controlled Trial Number Register

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: © 2018 Furlong M et al. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. Cite as: Furlong M, Stokes A, McGilloway S et al. A community-based parent-support programme to prevent child maltreatment: Protocol for a randomised controlled trial [version 2; peer review: 2 approved, 1 approved with reservations]. HRB Open Res 2018, 1:13 (
    Keywords: Child maltreatment; child abuse; neglect; family; parenting; wraparound;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Science and Engineering > Psychology
    Item ID: 13188
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    Depositing User: Dr. Sinéad McGilloway
    Date Deposited: 14 Aug 2020 15:30
    Journal or Publication Title: HRB Open Research
    Publisher: f1000research
    Refereed: Yes
    Funders: Health Research Board (HRB)
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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