Refugee Communities Intercultural Dialogue: Building relationships, building communities


Prof Morag McArthur, Vicky Saunders and Steven Roche, in partnership with the Australian Centre for Child Protection.

Funding Source:

Department of Social Services


This research aimed to provide in-depth and contextualised data about how services may better support refugee parents to care for their children, in an attempt to reduce the numbers of children of refugee parents entering the statutory care and protection system. It sought to better understand the social resources and connections required by refugee parents and their children to support positive parenting skills and family relationships.

This study developed new knowledge about refugee children and young people's views on social connectedness and how this influences their safety and well-being, and explored how services can create more responsive and integrated practices that will lead to better outcomes for children and young people living in families from a refugee background.

For more information about this project, contact Morag McArthur.


Research Report

Saunders, V., Roche, S., McArthur, M., Arney, F., & Ziaian, T. (2015). Refugee Communities Intercultural Dialogue: Building Relationships, Building Communities. Canberra: Institute of Child Protection Studies, ACU.

Associated Publications

Saunders, V., McArthur, M., Roche, S., & Barry, E. (2016). Supporting refugee families in Australia. Research to Practice Series: Issue 15. Canberra: Institute of Child Protection Studies, Australian Catholic University.