ACU research team shed light on children’s experiences of homelessness

Thursday, 19 July 2007

Canberra, 19 July 2007: A report providing a unique perspective on children's experiences of homelessness prepared by an Institute of Child Protection Studies research team from Australian Catholic University (ACU) will be launched tomorrow by Mary Porter MLA at the Canberra Museum and Gallery.

Finding their way home: Children’s Experiences of Homelessness presents the experiences and thoughts of 25 children and young people.

Commissioned by the ACT Department of Disability, Housing and Community Services with funding through the Australian Government’s Supported Accommodation and Assistance (SAAP) Program, the study sought to develop an understanding of children’s experiences of homelessness and how this might lead to improved service provision.

Research Fellow for ACU’s Institute of Child Protection Studies Mr Tim Moore was part of the team of researchers who undertook the project which explored how children experience, perceive and are affected by their family’s homelessness.

Unlike most previous studies focusing on family homelessness Institute researchers worked directly with children and used a qualitative and multi-method approach to data collection reflecting their considerable expertise in taking a child centred approach to research.

“The research indicated that homelessness does significantly impact on children but that this is often mitigated by the family’s ability to cope during these difficult periods” remarked Mr Moore.

“It also stressed the importance of engaging children and young people and ensuring that their needs are met when providing services for their families.”

The Institute of Child Protection Studies was established in January 2005 and is a partnership between ACU’s Canberra Campus (Signadou) and ACT Department of Disability, Housing and Community Services.

As an emerging leader in research it contributes to improved practice in the care and protection of children and young people both nationally and within the ACT.

Australian Catholic University (ACU) – established as Australia’s only Catholic, national, publicly funded university – is open to all. The University empowers its students and staff with a strong sense of social responsibility and concern for the moral and ethical dimensions of their study and their professional and personal lives.

To view the full report visit