Communities and Justice

Pathways of Care Longitudinal Study (POCLS)

Information about the study including what it involves and updates from the research.

Artwork showing silhouettes of children and adults on a green, grassy hill with a blue/grey sky in the background. Groups of black circles are nearby and between them.

The Pathways of Care Longitudinal Study (POCLS) is the first large-scale prospective longitudinal study of children and young people in out-of-home care (OOHC) in Australia. Information on safety, permanency and wellbeing is collected from various sources. The child developmental domains of interest are physical health, socio-emotional wellbeing and  cognitive/learning ability.

Provides new evidence to improve the outcomes for children and young people in OOHC.
For children, young people, parents, carers and stakeholders to understand what's involved.
Information about workshops, conferences and publications.
Information about the study's objectives and key research questions.
Includes information about who is in the study, sample recruitment and data sources.
Timelines for sample recruitment and data collection – 2010 to 2020.
Information about the research team and advisory group.
For children, young people, carers, parents, caseworkers, childcare teachers and school teachers.
Information about access to the data, user training and publications guidelines.
Key data tracking child development and wellbeing outcomes, services and support.
Clearinghouse of all research and technical reports related to the study.

POCLS banner artwork by Billy Black. Find out more about the artwork on the About the study page.

Last updated:

03 Jul 2024