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Measuring Social Progress. Tony Keenan Chief Executive Officer Hanover Welfare Services

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Measuring Social Progress. Tony Keenan Chief Executive Officer Hanover Welfare Services. Federal Labor Social Policy. Social Inclusion Evidence Based Solutions New Federalism - Specific Purpose Payments reduced and reformed Outcomes and Targets Human Rights Sleeper. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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  • Measuring Social Progress. Tony KeenanChief Executive OfficerHanover Welfare Services

  • Federal Labor Social PolicySocial InclusionEvidence Based SolutionsNew Federalism - Specific Purpose Payments reduced and reformedOutcomes and TargetsHuman Rights Sleeper

  • What is Social Inclusion?Still contested 'Social inclusion is the process by which efforts are made to ensure that everyone, regardless of their experiences and circumstances, can achieve their potential in life. To achieve inclusion income and employment are necessary but not sufficient. An inclusive society is also characterised by a striving for reduced inequality, a balance between individuals rights and duties and increased social cohesion' Centre for Social and Economic Inclusion UK

  • Social Inclusion ApproachesHas economic and social inclusion central to approaches and the necessary supports to achieveIn a modern economy this means education and training is a vital componentSees services and programs client focussed and outcomes focussedPlaced based initiativesVarious services and programs work together to achieve the one global aim of inclusionFlexible and disproportionate resourcing

  • Social Inclusion Changes the FocusSocial inclusion approaches have to be concerned with outcomes, whereas many of our current approaches are simply concerned about service delivery and throughputs.Interventions will need to be based on individual circumstances and cannot be a one size fits allBy its nature it will require services, programs, laws and department to join upWhile the global aim is inclusion, the interventions and foci will vary according to the individual

  • Current ApproachesCurrent Program Responses are concerned with throughputs e.g. X episodes of support provided - not effectiveness Current responses are disjointed and sometimes work against each otherNot concerned about change often parking problems

  • Homelessness as an example100,000 on any given night across Australia.14% are sleeping rough (primary homelessness)Indigenous Australians comprise 16% of those accessing homelessness services, 69% in rural services and 88% in remote. Children accompanied by their parents are the single biggest groups accessing homelessness services (56,800)

  • Homelessness as an exampleOf all children living in Australia now - one in fifty will access a homeless assistance service.There are now more women than men in the homelessness service systemIn Victorian alone there are over 35,000 people on the public housing waiting listRental vacancies are at a record low in Melbourne and other cities

  • What are our current services?SAAPHousingLegalMental healthCentrelinkEmploymentEducation and TrainingDrug and Alcohol

  • What are our current measures?Throughput and episodes of supportNo measure of qualityNo measure of effectivenessNo measure of human rights

  • Current Approach in PracticeSandy, Shari & BenEscaped a violent partner Werribee, couch surfed at sisters in Moorabbin, rough sleeping in car, came to HanoverOne week in a motel in Oakleigh, into our crisis accommodation at South Melbourne for four monthsTransitional housing for 12 months in KensingtonPermanent found in Frankston

  • Current Approach in PracticeNo linking with schoolsSignificantly contributed to risk of children underachieving or not attending schoolNo linking with legal systemNo linking with employment, childcare etc

  • Importance of Outcome Measures & TargetsHolds governments to accountsStrengthens resourcing debatesForces coordination and joining upNeed to be durable and sustainable over timeIf the measures are right, can deliver real change

  • Ten outcome measures for HomelessnessHalve homelessness by 2020 & eliminate rough sleeping by 2020Increase the total stock of public and social housing to X% of total housingA reduction of X % of homicides resulting from domestic violenceAn increase in child clients of homelessness services attending four year old kindergarten

  • Ten outcome measures for HomelessnessReduce the gap in life expectancy between indigenous and non indigenous Australians by X years.An improvement over time in the performance of child clients of homelessness services in Year 3,5,7 & 9 Literacy and Numeracy testsA positive improvement in the Australian Early Development Index (AEDI) for the 20 collection areas with the highest number of child clients receiving homelessness support services.

  • Ten outcome measures for Homelessness An increase in the number of young clients of homelessness services who complete Year 12 or equivalentAn increase in the number of clients of homelessness services entering and maintaining paid employment or further education and training A decrease in the number of young people entering the homelessness service system when they leave state care

    *Most people in Australia thought that the typical homeless person was over 40, male, living on the streets with a substance abuse problem/mental illness*Homelessness is more than a lack of shelter. An environment that does not undermine health or create further disadvantage The loss of the normal supports of home: personal security, familiarity and an environment in which self-confidence and personal skills can develop.

    *20,450 children, accompanying their parents Victorians make up only 0.5% of the total population*20,450 children, accompanying their parents Victorians make up only 0.5% of the total population*20,450 children, accompanying their parents Victorians make up only 0.5% of the total population*20,450 children, accompanying their parents Victorians make up only 0.5% of the total population*20,450 children, accompanying their parents Victorians make up only 0.5% of the total population*20,450 children, accompanying their parents Victorians make up only 0.5% of the total population*20,450 children, accompanying their parents Victorians make up only 0.5% of the total population*20,450 children, accompanying their parents Victorians make up only 0.5% of the total population*20,450 children, accompanying their parents Victorians make up only 0.5% of the total population*20,450 children, accompanying their parents Victorians make up only 0.5% of the total population