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Centre for Children and Young People

Centre for Children and Young People

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Our research aims to improve policy and practice concerning the rights and wellbeing of children and young people. The status, interests, views and experiences of children and young people are therefore central to our work.

Our approach is based on an understanding that:

  • Children and young people are entitled to the provision, protection and participation rights afforded them under the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child
  • Policy and practice should be evidence-based;
  • Participation and collaboration are intrinsic to improved outcomes for children and young people.

Our commitment to this philosophy is evident within all of our activities. We welcome the opportunity to work with you in undertaking ethical, participatory research aimed at improving children and young people's lives.

The CCYP team is currently engaged in 13 research projects including:

ARC and Category 1 Projects

  • 2015-2018 Growing recognition of young people with disability and their support workers

    ARC Linkage Project (LP150100013) Robinson, S. (SCU); Graham, A. (SCU); Fisher, K. (UNSW) Johnson, K. (UNSW); Hall, E. (Dundee) + Neale, K. (SCU), Gendera, S. (UNSW) + 3 partner organisations

    Aim: This study seeks to understand the working relationships between young people with cognitive disability and their paid support workers.

  • 2014-2017 Improving wellbeing through student participation at school

    ARC Linkage Project (LP140100540) Graham, A. (SCU) Bessell, S. (ANU), Cashmore, J. (USyd), Thomas, N. (Central Lancashire) + Simmons, C. (SCU), Anderson, D. (CSU) + 3 partner organisations

    Aim:The aim of this research is to strengthen knowledge, policy and practice concerning student participation at school, including how students participate in decisions about their learning, by identifying whether and how such participation improves students' social and emotional wellbeing.

  • 2014-2017 Involving children in social research: Balancing the risks and benefits

    ARC Discovery Project (DP150100864) McArthur, M. (ACU) Graham, A. (SCU), Spriggs, M. (UniMelb) Chalmers, J. (UNSW); Moore, T. (ACU), Taplin, S. (ACU) + Powell. MA (SCU)

    Aim:This study seeks to better understand and address the tensions between the protection of children and their participation in research on sensitive issues.

  • 2013 - 2016 Learning catalysts: Improving educational outcomes for disadvantaged children

    ARC Linkage (LP130100492) Western, M. (UQ) Baxter, J. (UQ) Tai T. (UQ) Brennan D (UNSW) Graham, A. (SCU) + 1 partner organisation

    Aim: This project aims to improve educational outcomes for disadvantaged students by examining family circumstances and the factors that contribute to improved educational outcomes. The research will help to build a stronger evidence base from which to design and implement programs and approaches that improve the experience of education for socio-economically disadvantaged students.

  • 2015 - 2017 Developing tertiary responses to violence and abuse for women and girls with disability

    Australia's National Research Organisation for Women's Safety Limited (ANROWS) Deakin University (lead university) - Frawley, P. (Deakin) Dyson, S. (La Trobe) Robinson, S. (SCU)

    Aim:This research aims to better understand the responses of specialist violence providers to women and girls with disability, and work collaboratively with them to develop communities of good practice to promote more effective tertiary violence responses.

Details for all our research projects can be found here.

The Centre for Children and Young People is located within The School of Education.