Measuring Our Outcomes by Measuring Kids’ Outcomes with PACES

Dr Jamie Lee, Deborah Lockwood and Dr Rebecca Feo explain how our Together4Kids (T4K) service uses the PACES tool to measure the impact we are having on our T4K clients, in a recent edition of Parity magazine.

The PACES tool helps practitioners to measure client outcomes across 5 domains: Physical Wellbeing, Agency, Connectedness, Emotional Wellbeing, and Safety. This outcomes-focussed approach to service delivery has resulted in a number of key benefits, namely that stakeholders are aware of the therapeutic goals for each child and how they’ll be monitored and measured.

When our Therapeutic Children’s Workers meet new clients, homelessness is rarely the biggest thing on their minds. Neither is getting or keeping housing. Instead, we hear of depair at being the ‘new kid’ in year six (again); frustration about sharing a shelter with some really loud, annoying babies; and for the younger ones, feeling upset at seeing mum cry so much but not having the words to explain why; or being confused about wanting to approach dad but also feeling scared to go near him. These are the things that matter to clients of Together4Kids (T4K), South Australia’s National Affordable Housing Agreement (NAHA) funded, state-wide specialist therapeutic program for children aged 0 to 12 years who are accompanying adults who are homeless or at risk of homelessness…

Click here to read the full article in Parity magazine.