Developing an understanding of how children understand and experience safety in institutions

Investigators:

Prof Morag McArthur, Dr Tim Moore, in partnership with Griffith University and the Queensland University of Technology

Funding Source:

Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

Aim:

This research project will explore what children and young people experience and think about safety in institutional contexts. Specifically, the study will explore how children conceptualise and perceive the extent to which they are safe in institutions; their views on what gives rise to these perceptions; what they consider is already being done to respond to unsafe situations in institutions; and what else they think might lead to children being and feeling more safe.

This study is designed to inform the Royal Commission's work in assessing the effectiveness of current prevention programs by directly hearing children and young people's views and knowledge of safety issues, as well as how they think these issues can and should be addressed.

For more information about this project, contact Dr Tim Moore.

Outputs:

Research report

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.

Moore, T., McArthur, M., Noble-Carr, D., & Harcourt, D. (2015). Taking us seriously: children and young people talk about safety and institutional responses to their safety concerns. Melbourne: Institute of Child Protection Studies, Australian Catholic University.
Click here to download the report summary for kids.

Associated publications

Moore, T., & McArthur, M. (2016). 'You Feel It in Your Body': How Australian children and young people think about and experience feeling and being safe. Children & Society.

Moore, T., McArthur, M., Noble-Carr, D., & Barry, E. (2016). Children's views about safety in institutions. Research to Practice Series: Issue 12. Canberra: Institute of Child Protection Studies, Australian Catholic University.

Moore, T., McArthur, M., & Barry, E. (2015). Being Safe and Feeling Safe: Children's Conceptualisations of Interpersonal Safety. Research to Practice Series, Issue 11. Canberra: Institute of Child Protection Studies, Australian Catholic University.

Moore, T., McArthur, M., & Barry, E. (2015, 18 August). What do children and young people have to say about safety in institutions? [Opinion Article]. The Conversation.
Republished on Parenthub on 8 September 2015.

Presentations

ICPS. (2016). YouTube animation presenting findings of Children's Safety Studies. Canberra: Institute of Child Protection Studies, ACU.

Moore, T., & McArthur, M. (2015, 25 August). Being safe, feeling safe: Children's perceptions and experiences of safety in institutions. LSIA Dialogue Series, Melbourne: Learning Sciences Institute Australia, ACU. [Presentation recording]

Moore, T., & McArthur, M. (2015, 17 August). Launch of the Kids' Safety Report - Taking Us Seriously: Children and young people talk about safety and institutional responses to their safety concerns. Canberra: Institute of Child Protection Studies, ACU. [Prezi slides, no audio]