Child Family Community Australia (CFCA) and the Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) have released a paper discussing programs which help at-risk children under the age of five.

Titled What works to improve young children’s social, emotional and behavioural wellbeing?, the rapid evidence review identifies national and international prevention and early intervention programs that are effective at improving the social, emotional and behavioural health of young children.

Such programs may support families experiencing various risk factors, delivered in different formats to suit practitioner and family needs.


The paper states that programs which support mothers experiencing poor mental health could provide benefits for children.

In addition, programs delivered by trained professionals show the greatest chance of effecting change.

Identifying the risk factors children experience may help practitioners choose the type of program most suited to the child’s situation.

Programs appear to be effective through a range of delivery formats including individual or group, in-home or community-based.

You can download the complete paper below.