Our research strengths
Our research strengths include:
- Promoting children's participation: Eliciting the views and experiences of children and young people, and advocating for their meaningful participation, to enhance policy, practice, theory and research.
- Strengthening service systems and informing practice: Building knowledge and enhancing capacity to improve the safety and wellbeing of children, young people and families.
- Supporting child-safe communities: Promoting the safety of children and young people in policies, practice, organisations, families and communities.
The Institute of Child Protection Studies is committed to ensuring that our knowledge and research is accessible to those who support children, young people, families and their communities.
This page provides information on current and completed projects, and includes accompanying reports. To view all ICPS publications (including reports, journal articles, papers and other resources), visit publications.
Current research and other projects
About our research and services
ICPS provides a range of services, including small and large-scale research projects, designing research methodologies for partners, developing evaluation frameworks, providing consultancy support, and delivering training and professional development opportunities.
ICPS undertakes research in collaboration with other community and research-based organisations that are interested in inquiry into the care and protection and general well-being of children and young people. We have worked with a number of programs and organisations that develop innovative programs.
ICPS designs individual research methodologies for research partners. Qualitative and quantitative methodologies are employed. Research tasks may include: literature reviews; design and analysis of surveys; interviews with key stakeholders, including service users; facilitation of focus groups and workshops; and document analysis.
A key activity of ICPS is to provide evaluation research services. For further information about the types of evaluations that ICPS staff have undertaken, see Current and Previous Work.
Training and professional development services
ICPS can provide training and professional development opportunities to a range of stakeholder groups, including those who support children, young people and families. ICPS staff have expertise in the following areas:
- Action research
- Child-centred practice
- Research with children about sensitive issues
- Evaluation - developing an evaluation framework: process and outcome evaluations, developing program logics, what constitutes evidence