Abstract: The overarching aim of this research was to evaluate the NAPCAN project of developing and disseminating a trauma-based approach to RRE in the NT. In order to contribute to the further development of the project the evaluation strategy was designed to focus on •identifying the specific needs of the Northern Territory youth sector in relation to RRE and trauma-informed practice •investigating the perceived effectiveness of specific training in trauma-based practice associated with Love Bites for youth service agencies•reviewing the resources developed for this project in light of current research literature •investigating the extent to which the training and resources are effective in meeting the particular social and cultural needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community organisations working in the youth sector and •providing recommendations for the further development of both the resources and the project. A major outcome of the project was the development of the individualised, trauma-informed RRE modules. These modules, adapted from the school-based Love Bites program and developed in conjunction with some of the experienced practitioner-participants, were constructed for flexible use in informal settings. This pilot has provided a successful proof of concept opportunity. Further development and clarification in light of theoretical concepts and practice guidelines is needed to provide a thorough evidence base and establish the program logic for this approach.The report provides further specific recommendations to•Clearly differentiate Love Bites, which is intended for school-based implementation, from the newly developing modularised out-of-school program•Develop key themes for the new modularised package based on up to date research •Review learning goals for the trauma-informed module in light of current literature and evidence based practice guidelines for the local context •Establish collaborative relationships with local Aboriginal community organisations to develop culturally sensitive and respectful resources and implementation processes•Modularise the training to improve accessibility •Establish an online hub for materials and support resources.
Dobia, B, 2019, “Every client has a trauma history”: Teaching respectful relationships to marginalised youth. An evaluation of NAPCAN’s Respectful Relationships Program Northern Territory 2017-2018, Report, viewed 05 December 2023, https://www.nintione.com.au/?p=16395.