New Institute of Child Protection Studies Director

Professor Daryl Higgins has been appointed as the new Director of the Institute of Child Protection Studies (ICPS). Professor Higgins is a registered psychologist, and his research focuses on public health approaches to protecting children, and child-safe organisational strategies. He has been researching child abuse impacts and prevention, family violence, and family functioning for over 25 years.

Professor Higgins comes to ACU from the Australian Institute of Family Studies, where as Deputy Director he led the research program and knowledge translation and exchange functions, focusing on issues affecting families in Australia. Professor Higgins’ focus on innovative knowledge translation has increased access to the evidence-base for policy makers and practitioners working to protect children and promote family and community wellbeing.

Taking up his position on Tuesday 14 February, Professor Higgins will be based at the Melbourne Campus.