Vicky Saunders

Research Scholar

Institute of Child Protection Studies

RN UCH (London), BSW (Hons) ACU, PhD Candidate ACU
Email: vicky.saunders@acu.edu.au

Researcher ID: E-4862-2016
ORCID: orcid.org/0000-0001-8939-1893
SCOPUS Author ID: 44561415800

Research Interests

  • Children of Prisoners
  • Children and parents from a refugee background
  • Family relationships
  • Qualitative research with children and young people about sensitive issues
  • Out-of-home care
  • Ethical research with children and young people

Biography

Vicky Saunders is an experienced human services researcher and social worker, who worked at ICPS as a Research Fellow for eleven years, before concluding her employment in 2016. She remains as a PhD Candidate with the ACU. Prior to commencing at ICPS, Vicky worked with foster carers and children and young people in out-of-home care services. Over the past five years, Vicky has developed considerable experience in qualitative research, and has completed projects about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families, separation and divorce, young carers, family and child welfare, refugees and juvenile justice.

As well as conducting research at ICPS, Vicky has taught  social policy, social theory and welfare history at the ACU School of Social Work to undergraduate social workers. She has a broad range of research expertise which includes the design of qualitative research projects, conducting interview/focus groups, and developing research methods for a range of vulnerable groups. She has published in the area of conducting research with parents, children and young people about sensitive issues. Vicky is currently undertaking doctoral studies concerning the life worlds of children of prisoners.

Selected Publications

Peer reviewed journal articles

Saunders, V. (2016). Children of prisoners - children's decision-making about contact. Child & Family Social Work.

Saunders, V., McArthur, M,. & Moore, T. (2015). Not Seen and Not Heard: Ethical Considerations of Research with Children of Prisoners. Children of Prisoners, Special Issue of Law in Context, 32, 108 – 125.

Moore, T., McArthur, M., & Saunders, V. (2013). Young People Talk about Transitioning from Youth Detention to the Community: Making Good. Australian Social Work, 66(3), 328-343.

Moore, T., Saunders, V., & McArthur, M. (2011). Championing Choice - Lessons Learned from Children and Young People About Research and Their Involvement. Child Indicators Research, 4(2), 249-267.

Book chapters

Flynn, C., & Saunders, V. (2015). Research with Children of Prisoners: Methodological Considerations for Bringing Youth in from the Margins. In S. Bastien & H. B. Holmarsdottir (Eds.), Youth 'At the Margins': Critical Perspectives and Experiences of Engaging Youth in Research Worldwide. Volume 4. Rotterdam: Sense Publishers.

Saunders, V., & McArthur, M. (2013). Getting it right: Research with refugee background children. In K. De Gioia & P. Whiteman (Eds), Immigrant and Refugee Families (pp. 23-40). Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.

Research reports

Saunders, V., & McArthur, M. (2013). Children of Prisoners: Exploring the needs of children and young people who have a parent incarcerated in the ACT. Canberra: SHINE for Kids.

Saunders, V., McArthur, M., Moore, T., Inglis, A., & Golic, V. (2012). Getting it right: how best to engage refugee children and their parents in research about their Resettlement in Australia. Canberra: Institute of Child Protection Studies, ACU.

Barker, J., Kolar, V., Mallett, S., McArthur, M., Saunders, V. (2011). More Than Just Me: Supporting Fathers who are Homeless. Canberra: Institute of Child Protection Studies, ACU.

Saunders, V., & Moore, T. (2010). Exploring the needs and supports of young adult carers living in the ACT. Canberra: Institute of Child Protection Studies, ACU.

Butler, K., McArthur, M., Winkworth, G., Saunders, V., Layton-Thompson, M., Conroy, S., Crowe, R., & Rollins, W. (2009). Getting what we need: Families' experiences of services. Canberra: Institute of Child Protection Studies, ACU.

Saunders, V., Moore, T., Butler, K., McArthur, M., & Orr, B. (2009). ACT Youth Services Program: Future Directions. Canberra: Institute of Child Protection Studies, ACU.

Moore, T., Saunders, V., & McArthur, M. (2008). Lost in transition: Young people's transitions from custody to the community. Canberra: Institute of Child Protection Studies, ACU.

Saunders, V., McArthur, M., Thomson, L., & Woodward, M. (2008). Relationships Australia Counselling Program Evaluation. Canberra: Institute of Child Protection Studies, ACU.

McArthur, M., Bennett, B., & Saunders, V. (2007). What do Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families living in the ACT need in a family support program? Canberra: Institute of Child Protection Studies, ACU.

Thomson, L., McArthur, M., Winkworth, G., Saunders, V., & Evans, L. (2007). Evaluation of 'Families Together' Program. Canberra: Institute of Child Protection Studies, ACU.

Crowe, R., Coburn, K., McArthur, M., Moore, T., Saunders, V., Thomson, L., & Winkworth, G. (2006). Vulnerable Children and Risk in the ACT. Canberra: Institute of Child Protection Studies, ACU.

Saunders, V., McArthur, M., & Winkworth, G. (2005). Screening of People Working with Children and Young People. Canberra: Institute of Child Protection Studies, ACU.

Practice-based publications

Saunders, V., & Barry, E. (2013). Children with Parents in Prison. Research to Practice Series, Issue 4, December. Canberra: Institute of Child Protection Studies, ACU.