Institute of Child Protection Studies

The Institute of Child Protection Studies enhances outcomes for children, young people and families through quality research, program evaluation, training and community education, advocacy and policy development. We are nationally recognised for our expertise in child protection, and preventing and responding to the abuse and neglect of children. We promote children’s participation, strengthen service systems, inform practice and support child-safe communities. Our work is focused on having a real impact on critical community issues and public policy.

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Research with impact

ACU ICPS research with impact

Our research benefits individuals, families, communities and societies as a whole, and our researchers strive to achieve what matters: better outcomes.

Industry collaborations

We have a strong network of government and community partners including the Australian Department of Social Services. Our partnerships enable us to apply our research, influence practice, and drive policy that achieves positive social change, promotes the common good, and improves outcomes for children, young people and families.

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Our publications

Our work has a real impact on critical community issues and public policy. Access our range of publications, including two recent reports for the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse: Our Safety Counts and Taking Us Seriously.

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Safeguarding children portal

The Safeguarding Children and Young People portal links organisations to resources, training and up-to-date research, helping them create an environment that’s transparent and accountable for keeping children safe.

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Featured projects

Safe kids and young people survey

Safe kids and young people survey

This survey aims to support youth-servicing organisations to self-assess, understand and address their safeguarding issues.

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Preventing child sexual abuse

This project aims to develop a reliable and rigorous measure of staff capabilities in preventing child sexual abuse.

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ACU ICPS featured projects

Developing countries

This systematic review looks at child sexual abuse prevention strategies in developing countries, with the aim of identifying which types of strategies are most successful.

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Keeping kids central

This initiative builds the capacity of workers in specialist and mainstream services to support children from families experiencing complex problems, such as domestic violence.

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ACU ICPS kContact


kContact is a large RCT of an intervention to improve contact between children in care and their birth parents. It was conducted in NSW, ACT and Victoria. See project page for the findings.

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ACU ICPS state intervention babies

State intervention with babies

This project aims to increase our knowledge about the nature, extent and impact of the removal of infants from their mothers. It will outline the similarities between Australia, UK and the USA.

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ICPS people

Our people

We work with experts in social work, youth work, anthropology, psychology, public health and related fields. They’re well versed in using participatory approaches to engage with and promote the views of children.

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To ensure those who support children, young people, families and their communities can access our knowledge and research, we’ve created a suite of tools and resources. We also offer program evaluation and training.

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As a university of service, we are committed to making an impact through ongoing community engagement and volunteering. 

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