Celebrating 10 Years of the Institute of Child Protection Studies

Published: Monday 8th December 2014

The Institute of Child Protection Studies (ICPS) held a garden party on Tuesday 2 December to celebrate 10 years since it was established in Canberra in 2005 as a partnership between Australian Catholic University (ACU) and ACT Community Services Directorate.


Emeritus Professor Dorothy Scott spoke about the fabulous achievements of ICPS as the keynote speaker.  Other speakers include:

  • ACU Vice-Chancellor, Professor Greg Craven
  • Mr Mick Gentleman MLA, 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
  • Prof Patrick McArdle, Dean of the ACU Canberra Campus


ICPS promotes and enhances the protection and wellbeing of children, young people and families in their communities by conducting and disseminating quality research and evaluation; and has become a nationally recognised centre of research excellence in the area of child, youth and family welfare.


The Institute recently garnered an Australian Research Council Discovery Grant of $335,500 to explore the ethical issues relating to children’s participation in research about sensitive issues. The 2.5 year study aims to better understand and address the tensions between the protection of children and their participation in research, and to explore how ethics committees, parents, other gatekeepers and children themselves manage and navigate these tensions.