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									     EVERY CHILD IS IMPORTANT PROGRAM

 Evaluation survey




               Australian Institute of Family Studies, Level 20, 485 La Trobe Street, Melbourne Victoria 3000 Australia
Freecall 1800 352 275 Telephone (03) 9214 7888 Facsimile (03) 9214 7839 Email nch@aifs.gov.au Internet www.aifs.gov.au
EVERY CHILD IS IMPORTANT PROGRAM EVALUATION SURVEY




                         The Australian Institute of Family Studies have been contracted by
                         the Australian Childhood Foundation to evaluate the Every Child is
                         Important program.
                         The Australian Childhood Foundation Every Child is Important
                         program is a parent resource and information program for all parents.
                         A large emphasis of the program has been on the translation of
                         program resources into languages other than English.
                         The aim of the evaluation is to determine whether the program
                         has achieved its aims of helping to support and provide resources
                         to parents and improve community awareness of the importance
                         of children. We are interested in your responses, whether you are
                         familiar with the Australian Childhood Foundation Every Child is
                         Important program or not.
                         Following is a brief survey for parents. It is designed to help us
                         see if the program is achieving its aims. The survey will take
                         approximately 20 minutes to complete. It contains questions about
                         your familiarity with the Every Child is Important program and
                         your experiences of being a parent. The return of your completed
                         survey will be taken to mean that you have given your consent to
                         participate.
                         One in every 50 surveys returned by 16 July 2007 will be randomly
                         selected to receive two movie tickets. The surveys can be
                         completed anonymously, but participants need to provide their
                         name and a contact point to be eligible to receive the movie
                         vouchers. Identifying details will be separated from the surveys
                         before the responses are analysed.

                         Further information
                         This project has been approved by the Australian Institute of
                         Family Studies Human Research Ethics Committee. If you have
                         any concerns or queries about this project, you can contact Dr
                         Leah Bromfield at the National Child Protection Clearinghouse on
                         (03) 9214 7862 or email Leah.Bromfield@aifs.gov.au
                         If you wish to lodge a complaint about this research or its conduct,
                         please contact Dr Matthew Gray (Deputy Director Research at
                         the Australian Institute of Family Studies) on (03) 9214 7881 or
                         email Matthew.Gray@aifs.gov.au




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                                                                                                                 Office use only

                         This survey should take about 20 minutes to complete.
                                                                                                                 ID: ___________________




                                                                                                                                       SECTION 1
Family details
We will start by collecting some basic information to describe you and your family.


 1    Are you a:


           Parent                                             Carer (e.g., foster parent)
           Step-parent
                           Note: If you have any of these roles, then you are “a parent” for the purpose of this survey.


 2    Are you female or male?


           Female                                             Male


 3    How many children under the age of 18 years live in your home?


     ________________________________________________________________________________________________________


 4    What age bracket do the child/ren in your care fall into? (Tick as many as apply.)


           0–2 years                         6–8 years                            11–12 years                        16+ years
           3–5 years                         9–10 years                           13–15 years


 5    What is the main language spoken by you and your family in your home?


     ________________________________________________________________________________________________________


 6    What is your postcode?


     ________________________________________________________________________________________________________


Now there are a few questions about your education.


 7    What was the highest year of primary or secondary school you completed?


           Year 12 or equivalent             Year 10 or equivalent                Year 8 or below                    Still at school
           Year 11 or equivalent             Year 9 or equivalent                 Never attended school              Don’t know




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         8   What is the highest qualification that you have completed?


                  Trade, apprenticeship or workplace training                       Graduate Certificate
                  Certificate Level I–IV or Don’t know level                        Graduate Diploma
                  Diploma (2 years full-time or equivalent)                         Masters degree
                  Associate degree                                                  Doctorate
                  Advanced diploma (3 years full-time or equivalent)                Other (specify)
                  Bachelor degree, but not Honours                                  None / Not applicable / School qualification only
                  Honours Bachelor degree                                           Don’t know



       Now we are going to ask a few questions about your income and any financial stress that you may be experiencing.


             Which of these categories contains the combined income of everyone in this household, before tax, during the last financial year.
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             Please include income from all sources, including wages, investments and government pensions and benefits.


                  Negative or zero income                                           $50,000–$59,999 per year or $960–$1149 per week
                  $1–$9,999 per year or $1–$189 per week                            $60,000–$79,999 per year or $1,150–$1,529 per week
                  $10,000–$19,999 per year or $190–$379 per week                    $80,000–$99,999 per year or $1,530–$1,919 per week
                  $20,000–$29,999 per year or $380–$579 per week                    $100,000–$124,999 per year or $1,920–$2,399 per week
                  $30,000–$39,999 per year or $580–$769 per week                    $125,000 or more per year or $2,400 or more per week
                  $40,000–$49,999 per year or $770–$959 per week                    Don’t know



        10 In the past 12 months, has any of the following happened to you because of a shortage of money?


             Could not pay electricity, gas or telephone bill(s) on time            Yes               No
             Could not pay the mortgage or rent on time                             Yes               No
             Went without meals                                                     Yes               No
             Asked for financial help from family or friends                        Yes               No
             Asked for help from welfare/community organisation                     Yes               No




   SECTION 2

       Parenting practices
       Now there are some questions about being a parent. Your responses may depend on the age or gender of your child. Also, parents from
       different backgrounds may have different views and practices. Don’t spend too long thinking about the answers, because often your first
       thoughts are the best.


        11 Overall, as a parent, do you feel that you are:


                  Not very good at being a parent                                   A better than average parent
                  A person who has some trouble being a parent                      A very good parent
                  An average parent




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The next questions ask about your relationship with your child/ren. There are no right or wrong answers. We are just asking about parents’
views on child-rearing.


 12 How often do you express affection by hugging, kissing and holding your child/ren?


        Never/almost never                                                                                Always/almost always
                1                        2                        3                        4                        5


 13 How often do you hug or hold your child/ren for no particular reason?


        Never/almost never                                                                                Always/almost always
                1                        2                        3                        4                        5


 14 How often do you explain to your child/ren why they are being corrected?


        Never/almost never                                                                                Always/almost always
                1                        2                        3                        4                        5


 15 How often do you tell your child/ren how happy they make you?


        Never/almost never                                                                                Always/almost always
                1                        2                        3                        4                        5


 16 How often do you talk things over and reason with your child/ren when they misbehave?


        Never/almost never                                                                                Always/almost always
                1                        2                        3                        4                        5


 17 How often do you have warm, close times together with your child/ren?


        Never/almost never                                                                                Always/almost always
                1                        2                        3                        4                        5


 18 How often do you enjoy listening to your child/ren and doing things with them?


        Never/almost never                                                                                Always/almost always
                1                        2                        3                        4                        5


 19 How often do you feel close to your child/ren when they are happy and when they are upset?


        Never/almost never                                                                                Always/almost always
                1                        2                        3                        4                        5


 20 How often do you get annoyed with your child/ren for saying or doing something they are not supposed to do?


        Never/almost never                                                                                 Many times each day
                1                        2                        3                        4                        5
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       When parents spend time together with their children, sometimes things go well and sometimes they don’t. For the following questions,
       please indicate how much of the time things turn out like this.


        21 Of all the times that you talk to your child/ren about their behaviour, how often is this praise?


              Never/almost never                                                                                     All the time
                         1                      2                        3                          4                     5


        22 Of all the times that you talk to your child/ren about their behaviour, how often is this disapproval?


              Never/almost never                                                                                     All the time
                         1                      2                        3                          4                     5


        23 When you give your child/ren instructions or make a request to do something, how often do you make sure that they do it?


              Never/almost never                                                                                     All the time
                         1                      2                        3                          4                     5


        24 How often are you angry when you punish your child/ren?


              Never/almost never                                                                                     All the time
                         1                      2                        3                          4                     5


        25 How often do you feel you are having problems managing your child/ren in general?


              Never/almost never                                                                                     All the time
                         1                      2                        3                          4                     5


       Now some questions about family life.


        26 How satisfied are you with your relationship with your children?


            Completely                                                                                                        Completely
            dissatisfied                                                                                                        satisfied
                 0           1           2          3         4          5          6           7          8         9              10


        27 Being a parent is harder than I thought it would be.


                Strongly                                                                                                  Strongly
                disagree                                                                                                   agree
                     1               2                  3                4                 5                   6                7


        28 I often feel tired, worn out or exhausted from meeting the needs of my children.


                Strongly                                                                                                  Strongly
                disagree                                                                                                   agree
                     1               2                  3                4                 5                   6                7


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29 I feel trapped by my responsibilities as a parent.


        Strongly                                                                                         Strongly
        disagree                                                                                          agree
           1                 2                3                4                5            6               7


30 I find that taking care of my child/children is much more work than pleasure.


        Strongly                                                                                         Strongly
        disagree                                                                                          agree
           1                 2                3                4                5            6               7




                                                                                                                    SECTION 3

Parenting beliefs

31 Remembering back to their own childhood can help parents with their parenting.


       Strongly disagree                                                                           Strongly agree
               1                       2                       3                     4                   5



32 Playing with children when they are young promotes children’s development.


       Strongly disagree                                                                           Strongly agree
               1                       2                       3                     4                   5



33 Sometimes children have difficulty expressing their feelings.


       Strongly disagree                                                                           Strongly agree
               1                       2                       3                     4                   5



34 Children benefit from participating in family decision-making.


       Strongly disagree                                                                           Strongly agree
               1                       2                       3                     4                   5



35 Parents should regularly tell and show their children that they are important.


       Strongly disagree                                                                           Strongly agree
               1                       2                       3                     4                   5




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        36 The way that parents talk to and behave towards children influences how children feel about themselves.


               Strongly disagree                                                                                Strongly agree
                       1                       2                        3                     4                       5



        37 Children’s behaviour is their way of telling parents how they are feeling.


               Strongly disagree                                                                                Strongly agree
                       1                       2                        3                     4                       5



        38 No parent has all the answers about how to raise children.


               Strongly disagree                                                                                Strongly agree
                       1                       2                        3                     4                       5



        39 Children and parents learn from each other.


               Strongly disagree                                                                                Strongly agree
                       1                       2                        3                     4                       5



        40 Understanding the reasons children misbehave will assist parents to find ways to help children behave differently.


               Strongly disagree                                                                                Strongly agree
                       1                       2                        3                     4                       5



        41 It is okay to ask someone for support, guidance or reassurance with parenting.


               Strongly disagree                                                                                Strongly agree
                       1                       2                        3                     4                       5



        42 Parenting comes naturally once a child is born.


               Strongly disagree                                                                                Strongly agree
                       1                       2                        3                     4                       5



        43 Your parenting should change with the changing needs of your children.


               Strongly disagree                                                                                Strongly agree
                       1                       2                        3                     4                       5




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                                                                                                                                SECTION 4
Sources of support
Sometimes parents need help or support of various kinds. The next questions are about your most useful sources of help.


 44 What are your most important sources of information about parenting or caring for your child/ren? (Tick all that apply.)


          Current partner                                                    Government, community or welfare organisations
          Family members not living with you                                 Telephone services
          Friends                                                            Books, newspapers or magazines
          Neighbours                                                         Television or videos
          Priests or religious leaders                                       Internet
          Teachers                                                           Other family members living with you (not your partner)
          Doctors                                                            No one
          Other professionals                                                Do not need


      What are your most important sources of practical help (such as gardening, house maintenance, sick care, help with children,
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      moving house and so on)? (Tick all that apply.)


          Current partner                                                    Government, community or welfare organisations
          Family members not living with you                                 Telephone services
          Friends                                                            Books, newspapers or magazines
          Neighbours                                                         Television or videos
          Priests or religious leaders                                       Internet
          Teachers                                                           Other family members living with you (not your partner)
          Doctors                                                            No one
          Other professionals                                                Do not need


      What are your most important sources of emotional support or advice (such as sharing feelings, advice on dealing with problems
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      and so on)? (Tick all that apply.)


          Current partner                                                    Government, community or welfare organisations
          Family members not living with you                                 Telephone services
          Friends                                                            Books, newspapers or magazines
          Neighbours                                                         Television or videos
          Priests or religious leaders                                       Internet
          Teachers                                                           Other family members living with you (not your partner)
          Doctors                                                            No one
          Other professionals                                                Do not need


      What are your most important sources of financial assistance or advice (such as loans, gifts, help with paying bills, financial
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      advice and so on)? (Tick all that apply.)


          Current partner                                                    Government, community or welfare organisations
          Family members not living with you                                 Telephone services
          Friends                                                            Books, newspapers or magazines
          Neighbours                                                         Television or videos
          Priests or religious leaders                                       Internet
          Teachers                                                           Other family members living with you (not your partner)
          Doctors                                                            No one
          Other professionals                                                Do not need
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   SECTION 5

       This section looks at your familiarity with the Australian Childhood Foundation Every Child is Important program.



        48 Which, if any, of the following have you seen or heard of in the past three years? (Please tick all that apply.)


                  Australian Childhood Foundation (ACF)

                  Every Child is Important program

                  Australian Childhood Foundation parenting booklets, posters or kits

                  CD-ROM talking book, Every Child is Important

                  Kids Count website

                  TV/radio/newspaper ads about children featuring the song “Have I told you lately that I love you”

                  Australian Childhood Foundation parenting newsletter, Kidscount

                  Australian Childhood Foundation parenting seminars, with Michael Grose

                  Media personalities (like Tracy Bartram) talking about parenting and children’s wellbeing

                  Representatives of the Australian Childhood Foundation talking about issues facing parents and
                  children (e.g., smacking, children’s heroes, stresses on parents, new challenges faced by parents,
                  pocket money, keeping children safe, internet and children)

                                       If you have not seen or heard of any of these examples, go to Section 7.


   SECTION 6

       This section looks at Australian Childhood Foundation Every Child is Important program resources.


             What, if any, of the following Australian Childhood Foundation Every Child is Important resources have you read, used or taken
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             part in?


                  Parenting booklet
                  Parenting poster
                  CD-ROM talking book, Every Child is Important
                  Kids Count website
                  Parenting seminars
                  Parenting newsletter, Kidscount

                                        If you have not read or used any of these resources, go to Section 7.

             What language were the Australian Childhood Foundation Every Child is Important program materials that you used printed or
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             recorded in?


                  English                            Croatian                        Khmer                             Spanish
                  Amharic                            Dinka                           Kiswahili                         Tigrinya
                  Arabic                             Dari                            Macedonian                        Turkish
                  Chinese                            Farsi                           Somali                            Vietnamese

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 51 How did you find out about Australian Childhood Foundation Every Child is Important resources?


           Television                                                        Your child’s school
           Radio                                                             Your child’s preschool
           Newspaper (English)                                               Migrant resource centre
           Newspaper (language other than English)                           Another parent
           Maternal & Child Health Nurse



 52 After reading or using the Every Child is Important material, did you feel:


      More confident in your parenting                                       Yes               No
      Your relationship with your child improved                             Yes               No
      You understood your child’s changing needs better                      Yes               No
      More comfortable seeking parent support                                Yes               No



 53 Have you felt encouraged by any of the Every Child is Important material to ask for support with parenting when you need it?


           Yes                                                  No



 54 Would you recommend the material from the Every Child is Important program to other parents?


           Yes                                                  No



                                                                                                                                    SECTION 7
Thank you. That completes the survey. We would like to thank you for your very useful contribution to this evaluation.

One in every 50 surveys returned by 16 July 2007 will be randomly selected to receive two movie tickets. If you would like to go into the
draw, please provide your details below.

Note: Your contact details will be destroyed immediately after the winners of the movie tickets have been drawn. In addition, to maintain the
anonymity of the information you provide, your contact details will be detached from your responses before any analysis is undertaken.



Contact details to enter the draw to win two movie tickets
To be eligible, please write your details clearly in English.


     Name: ___________________________________________________________________________________________________


     Email: ___________________________________________________________________________________________________


     Contact number: ___________________________________________________________________________________________


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