Debbie Noble-Carr



Research Fellow

Institute of Child Protection Studies

BSW RMIT, PhD Candidate, ACU
Phone: (02) 6209 1209
Email: debbie.noble-carr@acu.edu.au

Researcher ID: C-2155-2016
ORCID: orcid.org/0000-0003-1992-0299
SCOPUS Author ID: 36915555600

Research Interests

  • Participatory qualitative research with vulnerable children and young people
  • Vulnerable children and loss
  • Young carers
  • Family and youth homelessness
  • Child-centred practice
  • Breastfeeding

Biography

Since completing a Bachelor of Social Work degree in 1997, Debbie has worked in a wide range of direct service positions such as financial counselling and housing support work. Over the last 15 years Debbie has worked as a researcher and managed research projects at various government and non-government organisations including: Carers Australia, Australian Institute of Health and Welfare and Australian Catholic University.

Debbie has completed projects on issues such as young carers, adoption, children experiencing homelessness, children affected by parental alcohol or other drug use, younger mothers and breastfeeding and identity and meaning in the lives of vulnerable young people. Debbie also has extensive experience in developing and providing professional development in the areas of child centred practice and family aware youth work practice. Debbie is a recipient of an APA scholarship and will be studying towards her PhD from 2013-2016, which focuses on vulnerable children’s perceptions and experiences of loss.

Selected Publications

Peer reviewed journal articles

Moore, T., Noble-Carr, D., & McArthur, M. (2016). Changing things for the better: The use of children and young people's reference groups in social research. International Journal of Social Research Methodology, 19(2), 241-256.

Roche, S., & Noble-Carr, D. (2016). Agency and its Constraints among Biological Children of Foster Carers. Australian Social Work.

Noble-Carr, D., Barker, J., McArthur, M., & Woodman, E. (2014). Improving practice: The importance of connections in establishing positive identity and meaning in the lives of vulnerable young people. Children and Youth Services Review, 47(3), 389-396.

Noble-Carr, D., & Bell, C. (2012). Exposed: Younger mothers and breastfeeding. Breastfeeding Review, 20(3), 27 - 38.

Moore, T., McArthur, M., & Noble-Carr, D. (2011). Different but the same? Exploring the experiences of young people caring for a parent with an alcohol or other drug issue. Journal of Youth Studies, 14(2), 161-177.

Moore, T., McArthur, M., & Noble-Carr, D. (2011). Lessons learned from children who have experienced homelessness: What services need to know. Children and Society, 25(2), 115-126.

Moore, T., Noble-Carr, D., & McArthur, M. (2010). Who Cares? Young people with parents who use alcohol or other drugs talk about their experiences with services. Family Matters, 85.

Moore, T., McArthur, M., & Noble-Carr, D. (2008). Little Voices and Big Ideas: Lessons Learned from Children about Research. International Journal of Qualitative Methods, 7(2), 77-91.

Moore, T., McArthur, M., & Noble-Carr, D. (2008). Stuff you'd never think of: Children talk about homelessness and how they'd like to be supported. Family Matters, 78.

Research reports

Moore, T., McArthur, M., Noble-Carr, D., & Harcourt, D. (2015).Taking us seriously: children and young people talk about safety and institutional responses to their safety concerns. Melbourne: Institute of Child Protection Studies, Australian Catholic University.

Noble-Carr, D., Farnham, J., & Dean, C. (2014). Needs and Experiences of Biological Children of Foster Carers: A Scoping Study. Canberra: Institute of Child Protection Studies, ACU.

Noble-Carr, D., Barker, J., & McArthur, M. (2013). Me, Myself and I: Identity and Meaning for Vulnerable Young People. Canberra: Institute of Child Protection Studies, ACU.

Australian Children's Commissioners and Guardians, & Noble-Carr, D. (2011). What Australian kids say about their world. Australian Children's Commissioners and Guardians.

Moore, T., McArthur, M., & Noble-Carr, D. (2008). Taking Little Steps: Research with Children - a Case Study. In Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY) & NSW Commissioner for Children and Young People (NSWCCYP) (Eds.). Research with Children and Young People: A Compendium. Sydney: ARACY & NSWCCYP.

Noble-Carr, D., Moore, T., & McArthur, M. (2008). Who Cares? Experiences of young people living with a family member who has an alcohol or other drug issue. Canberra: Institute of Child Protection Studies, ACU.

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. (2007). Children's Services National Minimum Data Set: Report on the Phase Two Pilot Test. Canberra: AIHW.

Moore, T., Noble-Carr, D., McArthur, M. (2007). Finding Their Way Home: Children's Experiences of Homelessness. Canberra: Institute of Child Protection Studies, ACU.

Noble-Carr, D. (2007). Engaging Children in Research on Sensitive Issues. Canberra: Institute of Child Protection Studies, ACU.

Noble-Carr, D. (2007). The Experiences and Effects of Family Homelessness for Children. Canberra: Institute of Child Protection Studies, ACU.

Moore, T., Morrow, R., McArthur, M., Noble-Carr, D., & Gray, J. (2006). Reading, Writing and Responsibility: Young Carers and Education. Canberra: Institute of Child Protection Studies, ACU.

Winkworth, G., Layton-Thompson, M., Noble-Carr, D., & McArthur, M. (2006). A report on the multidisciplinary approach to the delivery of student services: ACT Department of Education and Training. Canberra: Institute of Child Protection Studies, ACU.

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. (2004). Adoptions Australia 2003 - 04. AIHW Cat No. CSW 23. Canberra: AIHW.

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. (2004). Counting Kids: Developing a New National Collection for Child Care and Preschool Services. Bulletin No. 22. AIHW Cat No. AUS 55. Canberra: AIHW.

Carers Australia. (2002). Young Carers Research Project: Final Report. Canberra: Department of Families and Community Services.

Carers Australia. (2002). Young Carers Research Project: Background Papers. Canberra: Department of Families and Community Services.

Non-refereed articles

Moore, T., McArthur, M., & Noble-Carr, D. (2008). Down the hard road: young people and their experiences of homelessness as children. Parity, July.

Moore, T., McArthur, M., & Noble-Carr, D. (2008). Too important to ignore: Children's views on homelessness. Parity, 21(8), 20-21.

Practice-based publications

Noble-Carr, D., Farnham, J., Dean, C., & Barry, E. (2015). Needs and Experiences of Biological Children of Foster Carers. Research to Practice Series, Issue 8, January. Canberra: Institute of Child Protection Studies, ACU.

Moore, T., Noble-Carr, D., & Barry, E. (2014). Child-Centred Practice. Research to Practice Series, Issue 7, September. Canberra: Institute of Child Protection Studies, ACU.

Moore, T., & Noble-Carr, D. (2014). Making Kids Central. Online article, Child Family Community Australia. Canberra: Australian Institute of Family Studies.

Noble-Carr, D., & Barry, E. (2013). Identity and meaning in the lives of vulnerable young people. Research to Practice Series, Issue 2, June. Canberra: Institute of Child Protection Studies, ACU.

Memberships and Professional Activities

  • Member, Australian Association of Social Workers