Building Capacity in Australian Parents (BCAP) Trial

The Building Capacity in Australian Parents (BCAP) trial is an initiative under the Third Action Plan of the National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children 2009-2020. The BCAP trial aims to pilot ways to build parenting skills and strengths-based parenting behaviours in expectant parents and carers with children are aged up to two years old (also known as the first 1,000 days of life).

The trial was officially launched on 25 March 2019 and is being delivered in the Toowoomba, Ipswich and Rockhampton/Livingstone regions in Queensland until 31 December 2019. A report on the findings from the trials will be finalised in mid-2020 and shared with states and territories to inform future engagement approaches with parents.

The BCAP trial involves two components:

  • A voluntary text messaging service for parents and carers (‘Parent Link’), which aims to provide evidence-based parenting information to build parental efficacy, encourage help seeking and highlight strengths based parenting behaviours
  • A tailored training package for service providers interacting with families in the early years, to improve their awareness of the importance of the first 1,000 days for child development, their capacity to engage with parents and carers to promote strengths‑based approaches and to build a learning network.

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