ICPS is a nationally recognised centre of research excellence in the area of child, youth and family welfare. Established in 2005, ICPS commenced as a partnership between the ACU and ACT Community Services Directorate, and is part of the Faculty of Health Sciences. We have offices in Canberra, Melbourne and Sydney, and conduct research across Australia and with international partners.
Through our research, evaluation and community engagement activities, ICPS aims to influence policy and practice to achieve positive social change, enhancement of the Common Good, and improved outcomes for children, young people and families. ICPS is committed to collaborative approaches to translating knowledge into policy and practice, enabled through partnerships with government, non-government and community organisations.
Our academic and professional staff team have backgrounds in social work, youth work, anthropology, psychology, public health and related fields, and have expertise in using appropriate and participatory approaches to engage with and promote the views of children, young people, families and other population groups, on issues affecting them. Research Strengths Resources and Tools Kids Central Toolkit Events and Training