About ICPS

The Institute of Child Protection Studies (ICPS) at ACU was established in 2005 to carry out high quality research, evaluation and professional development to enhance outcomes for children, young people and families. It was established as a partnership between the ACT Community Services Directorate and the ACU. It is now a nationally recognised centre of research excellence in the area of child, youth and family welfare.

Through its activities, ICPS aims to influence policy and practice to achieve positive social change, enhancement of the Common Good and improved outcomes for children, young people and families. ICPS has an identified strength in rigorous academic research and its direct translation into policy and practice enabled through its partnerships with government, non-government and community organisations.

ICPS is part of the Faculty of Health Sciences.

All research undertaken by ICPS is underpinned by commitments to:

  • Collaborative approaches to planning and conducting research
  • Seeking the views of those affected by a program or service such as client groups and service providers
  • Exploring ways of developing research partnerships with key stakeholders including service users
  • Ethical research practice.

Download the 2015 ICPS Annual Report (PDF, 1.2MB)


ICPS generates and promotes knowledge to improve the wellbeing of children, young people, families and communities.


The objectives of ICPS are:

  • Advance and create knowledge to improve the safety and wellbeing of children, young people, families and communities
  • Develop and strengthen new research methodologies and methods
  • Build and maintain collaborations and partnerships with key stakeholders
  • Disseminate knowledge to inform policy, service delivery and practice
  • Foster a workplace environment that enables the recruitment, support, development and retention of quality academic and professional staff