for Department of Disability, Housing and Community Services (DHCS)
This research proposal aims to fill an important gap in our understanding of children's experience of homelessness. Previously researchers have relied almost exclusively on adults when collecting data about children's thoughts, feelings and experiences. Interviewing children, however, gives an opportunity to gain insights on the issues affecting their lives. The project aims to explore the following questions: What are the experiences of homelessness from the child's perspective including their school experience? What are the impacts of homelessness on children's social and emotional development?
What is the relationship between homelessness and child protection services?
What are the service and policy implications of these experiences?