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.
The vision of ICPS is to:
Promote and enhance the protection and well-being of children, young people and families in their communities by conducting and disseminating quality research and evaluation.
The objectives of ICPS are:
- To conduct high quality research and evaluation which improves our understanding of the nature and extent of child abuse and neglect and reduces its impact on children, young people and families, with a particular focus on the needs, experiences and service responses to children, young people and families
- To promote children's needs, interests and views and influence the development of policy and the provision of services to children, young people and families through research dissemination and community engagement activities
- To contribute to and increase the professional development opportunities of those working with children, young people and families (including government, non-government and other community-based organisations).