National Child Protection Week: Institute of Child Protection Studies

Published: Wednesday 7th September 2016

National Child Protection Week, which runs from 4 – 10 September 2016, invites all Australians to play their part to promote the safety and wellbeing of children and young people. ‘Protecting children is everyone’s business.’ Visit the National Child Protection Week website.

ACU proudly supports the Institute of Child Protection Studies (ICPS), a research centre situated within the Faculty of Health Sciences. ICPS generates and promotes knowledge to improve the wellbeing of children, young people, families and communities. Founding Director Professor Morag McArthur established ICPS in early 2005, as a partnership between the ACU and the ACT Government, recognising the need for more research into child protection issues.

Over the past 11 years, ICPS has carried out high quality research, evaluation and professional development, to enhance outcomes for children, young people and families. Central to the ICPS approach is its commitment to carrying out research directly with children and young people regarding sensitive issues.

ICPS has completed more than 60 projects across a range of areas, including the experiences of children, young people and families and research and evaluation into ‘what works’ in practice, programs, policy and systems.

In 2015-2016, ICPS has undertaken significant research and evaluation relating to child, youth and family welfare.

ICPS researchers are in the final year of a three-year ARC Linkage Grant study to develop and trial an enhanced model of managing and supporting contact between children in care and their birth parents.

We are also in the second year of an ARC Discovery Grant study to better understand and address the tensions between the protection of children and young people and their participation in social research about sensitive issues.

Researchers are also in the final stages of two projects commissioned by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse: developing an understanding of how children understand and experience safety in institutions; and the safety of young people in residential care.

A full list of projects and publications is available at the ICPS website.