CCDE works with families and parents in diverse social settings to understand the circumstances in which children live and grow. We are committed to sensitive engagement and in-depth qualitative research including ethnographic and clinically oriented studies with parents and their children that acknowledges both the cultural context of Aboriginal parenting and the contemporary context of social change and disadvantage.

We have developed culturally appropriate, evidence-informed materials and resources for parenting interventions both in urban and remote communities in Australia and in PNG.

We also conduct formal evaluations of the impact of parenting programs for parents and families, to reduce risks of self-harm, violence and antisocial behaviour and to support children’s development and wellbeing throughout the life course.