The projects on this website represent outputs from the Disability Research Program at the Centre for Children and Young People at Southern Cross University. To see more about the work of the Centre, please click here.


This site shows our current and recent research with children and young people with disability.

We started this site to share our research with people in a more accessible way. All of this research is part of the Centre for Children and Young People (CCYP) at Southern Cross University.

Please also see www.ccyp.scu.edu.au for projects about children with disability (2014 and earlier), and for other interesting research about children’s wellbeing in schools, ethics, and loss and grief.

Current projects

Mothers and children with disability using violence prevention services

This research will develop an understanding of what helps in early intervention support for families when domestic and family violence is a risk and either mothers or children have disability.

Mutuality in support relationships

This project aims to make resources that help support workers and people with disability to feel stronger in their work together.

Relationships and Recognition

We want to know how young people and support workers feel cared for, respected and valued in their relationships with each other. We are also looking for when they may not feel these things either.

The Safety Project

The Safety Project is finding out about what helps young people with disability feel and be safe.

Recent projects

Safe at school

There has been little research involving students with cognitive disability about safety and harm in and around their schools. Their perspectives are important in building new ways to support young people to be safe in their school lives.

Feeling safe, being safe

This research explored what is important for children and young people with disability and high support needs to feel and be safe in the services they use.

Telling your story

In this project, we are asking all the people who are part of the Community Inclusion Initiative to tell us what it’s like to be involved.

Space, Place and Relationships

The Space, Place and Relationships project is finding out what helps young people with disability who live in country areas feel like they belong and they are connected.