Evaluating the Breathing Space program: Interim report

Veronica Coram

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report


This report presents interim findings of an evaluation of the Breathing Space program supporting young women who have had one or more children removed from their care. The interim findings indicate that the program is demonstrating high levels of effectiveness across delivery of practical supports; working towards improving participants’ mental health and wellbeing; providing participants with a support network; and improving participants’ capacity for self-determination and taking control of their own lives. Breathing Space is delivering a holistic, responsive, client-centred service that provides participants with wraparound supports, minimising the risk of service gaps. Breathing Space staff are friendly, approachable, supportive and non-judgemental, which has enabled them to establish strong, trusting relationships with participants as a foundation for service delivery. Breathing Space is also demonstrating significant success in establishing meaningful program engagement with participants who are otherwise likely to be disengaged and/or distrustful of services.
Original languageEnglish
Commissioning bodyCentacare Catholic Family Services
Number of pages47
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • Out of home care
  • Foster care
  • Young women
  • family services
  • Parenting
  • Child protection


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