Constituency Question – right@home program

My Question is to the Minister for Education.

The right@home early intervention trial, in which sustained home visits build parenting capacity to improve child safety and school readiness, was developed by ARACY in collaboration with TReSI, the Royal Children’s Hospital Melbourne, and the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute.

The Victorian Government contributed funding through implementation sites over three years across eight local government areas.

Indicators at 2 years found participating children had more regular bed times, safer home environments and experienced warmer parenting. Findings at the 3-4 year mark include a protective effect resulting from the participant’s increased parenting confidence, which translated to improvements in other areas of their life. The 5-6 year analysis is underway.

Ongoing support for this program seems to have stalled, and so my question is to ask the Minister for an update of the future support for this program in Victoria.