Feeling safe, being safe

The Project


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. It was completed for the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses for Child Sexual Abuse.

Project details


This project was part of a larger study about children’s safety Having a Say: Exploring issues of safety with children and young people, undertaken by Australian Catholic University (ACU).  It was needed make sure that children and young people with disability who needed extra support would be included in the research. All of the children and young people who were part of this project had cognitive impairments, and many had multiple impairments.

The project stages


The project addressed what ‘being safe’ means to children and young people with disability and high support needs; what helps and hinders children and young people with disability and high support needs in feeling and being safe in institutional settings; and how people who provide support perceive and respond to children’s and young people’s concerns about their own safety.

Team


Southern Cross University researchers: Sally Robinson, Anne Graham, Lel D’eagher

Partners: PWDA

Contact


You can contact us if you would like to know more about the project or our planned events. Please call or email Sally. Her details are below:

Dr Sally Robinson

Lead Researcher – Disability Research Agenda

Centre for Children and Young People

Southern Cross University

Telephone: 02 6620 3134

Email: sally.robinson@scu.edu.au