Steven Roche

Research Associate

Institute of Child Protection Studies

Phone: (03) 9230 8101

Research Interests

  • Homelessness
  • Qualitative research methods
  • Social theory


Steven has been a social worker since 2009, and commenced with ICPS in November 2013. His social work background extends across the mental health, alcohol and other drug, and homelessness sectors in both outreach and residential settings. In 2011, he completed the honours program in sociology at ANU, investigating identity construction amongst homeless men in supported accommodation.

Steven returned to Australia in November 2013 after spending 11 months in the Philippines as a Child and Youth Social Worker, under the Australian Youth Ambassador for Development Program.


Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

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

Roche, S. (2015). The Salvaging of Identities among Homeless Men: Reflections for Social Work. Australian Social Work, 68(2), 228-243.

Research Reports

Moore, T., McArthur., M., Heerde, J., Roche, S., & O'Leary, P. (2016). Our safety counts: Children and young people's perceptions of safety and institutional responses to their safety concerns. Melbourne: Institute of Child Protection Studies, Australian Catholic University.