Evaluation of Marram-Ngala Ganbu
Marram-Ngala Ganbu (‘we are one’ in the Woiwurrung language) is an innovative response to the over-representation of Aboriginal children and families in the Victorian child protection system. The pilot program, launched in 2016, aims to improve outcomes for Koori children and families involved in child protection proceedings, seeking to provide a more effective, culturally appropriate, and just response for Koori families.
In 2019, the Children’s Court of Victoria commissioned an independent evaluation (click here to read), led by Professer Kerry Arabena, a proud Meriam woman, together with SVA Consulting, and Dr Wendy Bunston. The evaluation aimed to assess the performance of the court against its stated aims, and build the evidence base to support the future expansion of the program. The evaluation identified sufficient evidence that Marram-Ngala Ganbu is achieving its intended short- to medium-term outcomes, and is on-track to deliver the desired long-term outcomes.