Research to Practice Series

The quarterly ICPS Research to Practice Series links the findings of research undertaken by ICPS, to the development of policy and practice in the area of child, youth and family welfare.
For more information about the Research to Practice Series, contact erin.barry@acu.edu.au

Most recent issue: #12: Children's views about safety in institutions

Issue 12 explores children and young people's views about safety in institutions, what they believe makes an institution safe for children and young people, and what advice they would give adults about dealing with their safety needs. It builds on Issue 11 of this series, which looked at children's conceptualisations of interpersonal safety.
Click here to download Issue 12 (PDF, 1.5MB)
Click here to visit the Kids Safety project page.

Research to Practice Series:

Issue 1: Interventions and practice principles for supporting young people who are homeless

Issue 1 provides an overview of the interventions and practice principles that are effective in supporting young people who are homeless. It draws upon the findings of a research project implemented by ICPS in 2011, which examined Reconnect services in Australia.
Click here to download Issue 1 (PDF, 800KB)

Click here to visit the Reconnect project page

Issue 2: Identity and meaning in the lives of vulnerable young people

Issue 2 discusses the role and potency of identity and meaning in the lives of vulnerable young people, and the implications of this for support services. It is based upon the findings of a qualitative research project implemented by ICPS in 2012, which interviewed 24 vulnerable young people about identity and meaning in their lives.
Click here to download Issue 2 (PDF, 918KB)

Click here to visit the Identity and Meaning project page

Issue 3: Younger Mothers: Stigma and Support

Issue 3 discusses the experiences and perceptions that younger mothers have about motherhood, their experiences of support services, and explores how services could better support younger mothers. It is based upon the findings of a qualitative research project implemented by ICPS in 2010, which interviewed 35 younger mothers and held focus groups, to discuss their aspirations and experiences of younger motherhood.
Click here to download Issue 3 (PDF, 932KB)

Click here to visit the Younger Mothers project page

Issue 4: Children with parents in prison

Issue 4 discusses the issues experienced by children and young people who have a parent in prison, and implications for supporting this target group. It is based upon the findings of a qualitative research project, commissioned by SHINE for Kids and implemented by ICPS in 2012-13, which interviewed 12 children and young people between the ages of 6 and 18 with a parent incarcerated in the ACT, along with 12 parents and caregivers.
Click here to download Issue 4 (PDF, 954KB)

Click here to visit the Children of Prisoners project page.

Issue 5: Supporting fathers who are homeless

Issue 5 discusses the issues experienced by homeless fathers, the impact of their identity and role as fathers on their experiences of homelessness, and implications for policy and programs to better support fathers who are homeless. It is based upon the findings of a qualitative and quantitative research project implemented by ICPS, Hanover Welfare Services and Melbourne City Mission, which interviewed 40 single fathers who were homeless.
Click here to download Issue 5 (PDF, 955KB)
Click here to visit the Supporting Homeless Fathers project page.

Issue 6: Supporting young carers in education

Issue 6 discusses the impact that caring has on young people's lives, how it can affect young carers' education, what young carers want from schools, and how schools can support young carers. It is based on a project commissioned by Carers Australia and implemented by ICPS in 2006, and a number of subsequent papers, which explored the needs and experiences of young carers in education.
Click here to download Issue 6 (PDF, 2MB)
Click here to visit the Young Carers and Education project page.

Issue 7: Child-Centred Practice

Issue 7 discusses the principles of child-centred practice. It is based on the ICPS Kids Central Toolkit, which aims to assist services to place children at the centre of their work. This issue provides information about the six principles of child-centred practice, outlined in the Kids Central Toolkit.
Click here to download Issue 7 (PDF, 1.95MB)
Click here for more information about the Kids Central Toolkit.

Issue 8: Needs and Experiences of Biological Children of Foster Carers

Issue 8 discusses the experiences of biological children of foster carers - their caring roles and responsibilities, the positive impacts and challenges of fostering, and the needs of biological children. It is based on a qualitative scoping study, which held focus groups in Canberra with biological children of foster carers aged 8 - 18 years, and with foster care parents, about the experience of fostering for biological children of foster carers.
Click here to download Issue 8 (PDF, 1.7MB)
Click here to visit the Biological Children of Foster Carers project page.

Issue 9: The importance of the 'Human Connection': Helpful Relationships with Service Users and Linking Social Capital

Issue 9 examines what makes helpful and productive relationships between clients and services. It addresses the need for a human connection and how this relates to the role of service providers by drawing on the concept of 'linking social capital' to better understand the dynamics of this relationship. It is based on a journal article and larger study, which aimed to develop a deeper understanding of the service use experiences of families with complex needs, to inform the development of more responsive and integrated service delivery.
Click here to download Issue 9 (PDF, 1.5MB)
Click here to visit the Families Experiences of Services project page.

Issue 10: Supporting quality contact visits for children in out-of-home care

Issue 10 discusses the ways in which children in out-of-home care, parents and foster carers can be supported to participate in contact visits. This issue is based on a literature review on supervised contact between children in out-of-home care and their parents, and draws upon the broader ICPS study; kContact: Keeping Contact between Parents and Children in Care.
Click here to download Issue 10 (PDF, 948KB)
Click here to visit the kContact project page.

Issue 11: Not Everything is Imaginary: Children's Conceptualisations of Interpersonal Safety

Issue 11 explores children and young people's conceptualisations of interpersonal safety, and what gives rise to these perceptions. This issue is based on the findings of the first part of a study conducted by ICPS, commissioned by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, which examined children's experiences and perceptions of safety in institutions.
Click here to download Issue 11 (PDF, 1.8MB)
Click here to visit the Kids Safety project page.

Issue 12: Children's views about safety in institutions

Issue 12 explores children and young people's views about safety in institutions, what they believe makes an institution safe for children and young people, and what advice they would give adults about dealing with their safety needs. It builds on Issue 11 of this series, which looked at children's conceptualisations of interpersonal safety.
Click here to download Issue 12 (PDF, 1.5MB)
Click here to visit the Kids Safety project page.