Campus Seminar: social connections and protecting children

Published: Tuesday 21st October 2014

Campus Seminar: The role of social connections in supporting parents and protecting children 

Presented by Vicky Saunders and Steven Roche, Institute of Child Protection Studies 

The Institute of Child Protection Studies (ICPS) holds free bimonthly seminars for interested staff and students at the Canberra campus of the ACU.

Refugee families settled in Australia continue to face enormous challenges. Current Australian and international studies concerning the resettlement and integration of refugees highlight the often complex and challenging issues experienced between children and their parents when adapting to a new and unfamiliar culture. Cultural differences between Australia and the country of origin also represent a challenge for parenting practices as well as family relations. It is widely acknowledged that there is a lack of research on the early intervention and prevention strategies that are effective in working with refugee communities in addressing child maltreatment. Current research identifies the importance of social connections and resources for parents and children to mitigate against child abuse and neglect.

This qualitative study conducted across the ACT and South Australia, examines refugee families use of support networks; the support networks that are currently available and used by refugee families and the role services have when in informal supports are lacking. This presentation will discuss preliminary findings about the formal and informal social resources and connections required by refugee parents and their children to support positive parenting skills and family relationships.

Date: Wednesday 12 November 2014
Time: 12 - 1pm
Venue: Room B11, Blackfriars Building, ACU Canberra Campus
Cost: Free
RSVP: Erin Barry, (02) 6209 1190 or