Events and training

Upcoming events and training

To be notified by email of future events and training opportunities, contact erin.barry@acu.edu.au to be added to the mailing list.

Previous events

2015:

Being safe, feeling safe: Children's perceptions and experiences of safety within institutional contexts

On 25 August 2015, Dr Tim Moore and Prof Morag McArthur presented as part of the LSIA Dialogue Series, on the findings of the report, 'Taking Us Seriously: Children and young people talk about safety and institutional responses to their safety concerns'. The report presents the findings of focus groups with 121 children and young people aged 4 - 18 across Australia, about their views and perceptions of children's safety in institutions.

Click here to access more information about this event and to view the presentation video.

Launch of Kids Safety Report, 'Taking Us Seriously'

On 17 August 2015, ICPS launched the report, 'Taking Us Seriously: Children and young people talk about safety and institutional responses to their safety concerns'. This report was part of a larger study undertaken by ICPS, commissioned by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, and was launched by the National Children's Commissioner, Megan Mitchell, at Dickson College. The report presents the findings of focus groups with 121 children and young people aged 4 - 18 across Australia, about their views and perceptions of children's safety in institutions. The findings were presented at the launch by Dr Tim Moore and Prof Morag McArthur.

Access the Prezi presentation (slides only, no audio).
Click here for more information about the broader project.

Blackfriars Lecture Series

The Blackfriars Lecture Series is an annual public discussion forum featuring a series of guest speakers, hosted by ACU Canberra Campus Dean Associate Professor Patrick McArdle. In 2015, the series will be hosted in partnership with the Institute of Child Protection Studies, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary year. The theme for this series is 'Children and Families'.

  • 9 June 2015: Dr John Falzon, CEO of the St Vincent De Paul Society
    "The deliberately silenced and the preferably unheard: Families and children in a polarised society."
  • 21 July 2015: Dr Adam Tomison, former Director of the Australian Institute of Criminology and Honorary Professor with the Australian Catholic University
    "Reforms in Child Protection: Time for a new paradigm?"
  • 25 August 2015: Ms Megan Mitchell, National Children's Commissioner
    "Children at the Centre: Putting child rights into practice"
  • 20 October 2015: Mr Francis Sullivan, CEO of the Truth, Justice and Healing Council
    "The Royal Commission and the unique challenges for the Catholic Church"
  • 17 November 2015: Dr Dianne Jackson, CEO of the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY)
    "What works for children: Collaboration, Evidence, Prevention"

Lecture recordings are available through the Blackfriars Lecture Series web-page.

'What I wish I had known': Bridging the divide between research and practice

This seminar and panel discussion, held on 27 May 2015, focused on the theories and processes that practitioners have learned and developed during their time as researchers. It featured:

  • Service Connections with Young People and Families: Linking Social Capital, presented by Dr Justin Barker, Youth Worker and ICPS Research Fellow
  • Lessons from Research with Children and Young People, presented by Debbie Noble-Carr, Social Worker and ICPS Research Fellow
  • Panel Discussion: Implications for Practice: Susan Helyer, Director of ACTCOSS, Dr Justin Barker and Debbie Noble-Carr.

Access the seminar recording (audio and PowerPoint).

2014:

10th Anniversary Celebration of the Institute of Child Protection Studies

On Tuesday 2 December, ICPS held an event to celebrate 10 years since it was established in 2005 as a partnership between the ACU and the ACT Community Services Directorate. Master of Ceremonies, Prof Patrick McArdle presented the following speakers:

  • Keynote speaker Emeritus Professor Dorothy Scott. View Prof Dorothy Scott's keynote speech.
  • ACU Vice-Chancellor, Prof Greg Craven
  • Mr Mick Gentleman MLA, ACT Minister for Community Services, Children and Young People
  • Ms Natalie Howson, Director-General of the ACT Community Services Directorate
  • Prof Morag McArthur, Founding Director of ICPS

View the media release for the ICPS 10th Anniversary celebration.

Seminar: Contributions and Connections - Children and young people's experiences of family

This seminar, held on 24 November 2014, presented the findings of two projects supported by ICPS:

The needs and experiences of biological children of foster carers, presented by Christine Dean and Jayna Farnham, ACU Social Work students on placement with ICPS.

Young people's experiences of family connectedness, presented by Elise Woodman, who conducted this project for her PhD study.

Access the seminar recording (audio and PowerPoint).

Seminar: What lies beneath: Vulnerable children's experiences of loss

This presentation by Debbie Noble-Carr, Research Fellow and PhD Candidate with ICPS, reflects on the findings of five ICPS studies, examining how children involved in those studies discussed the losses they had experienced in their lives. This campus seminar was held on Wednesday 9 April 2014.

Download the presentation slides (292 KB).

2013:

Forum: Children of Prisoners in the ACT

This forum was held on Wednesday 4 December 2013. Vicky Saunders, Research Fellow at ICPS presented on the findings of her research which explored the needs of children of prisoners in the ACT. Christine Moore, Convener of the ACT Women and Prisons Group spoke about her lived experience of imprisonment as a parent, and the impact that incarceration has on children and young people from her perspective as an advocate and peer support worker. Gloria Larman, CEO of SHINE for Kids provided information on the services that are delivered in New South Wales, Victoria, and the ACT, to children and families affected by parental incarceration.

Access the seminar recording (audio and PowerPoint).
Visit the project page for more information about the Children of Prisoners Project, including to access the research report.
Visit the SHINE for Kids website.

Seminar: Witchcraft-related violence against children in Uganda and Tanzania

This presentation was delivered by Peter Sewakiryanga, Director of the Kyampisi Childcare Ministries in Kampala, Uganda; and Dr Jean Burke, Lecturer in Social Work, Faculty of Health Sciences, ACU, on Tuesday 19 November 2013.

Access the seminar recording. Please note that it does include content and images that may cause distress.
Click here for more information about Kyampisi Childcare Ministries.

Seminar: Young People's Experiences of Family Connectedness

This presentation by Elise Woodman, social work PhD Candidate with ICPS, shares the findings of her qualitative research project which looked at how young people construct a sense of family connectedness. This campus seminar was held on Wednesday 11 September 2013.

Access the seminar recording.

Seminar and launch of Identity and Meaning for Vulnerable Young People

This seminar, held on Tuesday 16 April 2013, launched the final report of the Identity and Meaning for Vulnerable Young People Project. Debbie Noble-Carr, Research Associate at the Institute of Child Protection Studies presented the findings from this qualitative study which aimed to explore the role and potency that concepts such as identity, and a search for meaning, have in the lives of vulnerable young people.

Access the seminar recording and full report.