Our safety counts: Help-seeking and institutional responses to safety concerns

Issue 14 of the Institute of Child Protection Studies Research to Practice Series

Authors: Dr Tim Moore, Prof. Morag McArthur, Steven Roche, Jessica Heerde, Erin Barry

The ICPS Research to Practice Series links the findings of research undertaken by the ACU Institute of Child Protection Studies, to the development of policy and practice in the area of child, youth and family welfare. Issue 14: Our Safety Counts: Key Findings from the Australian Survey of Kids and Young People – Help-seeking and institutional responses to safety concerns, presents some of the findings from a national online survey of 1480 young Australians aged 10-18.

The Australian Survey of Kids and Young People (the ASK-YP Survey) was the second part of a study conducted by ICPS, commissioned by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, which examined children’s experiences and perceptions of safety in institutions. The development of the national online survey was informed by focus groups with 121 children and young people aged 4-18 in the ACT, Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria.

Issue 14 builds upon and should be read in conjunction with Issue 13, which also presented survey findings about children and young people’s perceptions of interpersonal safety and the characteristics of safe institutions.

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