Children's Experience of Homelessness

Investigators:

Dr Tim Moore, Debbie Noble-Carr, Prof Morag McArthur

Funding Source:

ACT Community Services Directorate

Aim:

This research proposal aimed 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, provides an opportunity to gain insights on the issues affecting their lives.

This project aimed 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?

Outputs:

Research monographs

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.

Associated publications

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., & McArthur, M. (2011). "Good for Kids": Children who have been homeless talk about schoolAustralian Journal of Education, 55(2), 147-160.

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., 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). Stuff you'd never think of: Children talk about homelessness and how they'd like to be supported. Family Matters, 78.

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