We have a wealth of academic expertise in the areas of safeguarding children and young people, child protection, child and youth studies, education, health and theology.

Institute of Child Protection Studies (ICPS) safety studies expertise

Daryl Higgins

Professor Daryl Higgins

Director, ACU Institute of Child Protection Studies

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Morag McArthur

Emeritus Professor Morag McArthur

Associate, ACU Institute of Child Protection Studies

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Douglas Russell

Douglas Russell

Senior Research Officer, ACU Institute of Child Protection Studies

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ICPS child protection and child abuse expertise

Aino Suomi

Dr Aino Suomi

Research Fellow, ACU Institute of Child Protection Studies

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Related expertise

Our researchers have a range of complementary skills and expertise that assist in building safer institutions for children and young people. Expertise areas include children’s rights, social welfare history, paediatrics and nursing, education, theology and more.

shurlee swain

Emeritus Professor Shurlee Swain

Historians of social welfare

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Jamie Calder

Reverend Associate Professor Jamie Calder SJ

Associate Professor, Academic Coordinator, Catholic Programs, ACU

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James McEvoy

Rev Dr James McEvoy

Senior lecturer in the ACU Faculty of Theology and Philosophy

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Dermot Nestor

Prof Dermot Nestor

Executive Dean, Faculty of Theology and Philosophy, ACU

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Jonathon Sargeant

Dr Jonathon Sargeant

Senior Lecturer and Researcher, Faculty of Education and Arts

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Sandra Miles

Dr Sandra Miles

Lecturer, ACU School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine

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Cath Laws

Dr Cath Laws

Casual Academic, ACU Faculty of Education and Arts

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Kids Helpline

1800 55 1800

This portal is aimed at people working in youth-serving organizations to help them better prevent and respond to harm to children.

If you would like to talk to a trained professional about what you’ve seen on the Portal, or need help, please call Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800 or Lifeline on 13 11 14.

Emergency

If you believe a child or young person is in immediate danger, call Police on 000.

Emergency and safety
Further information

For further information on crisis responses and reporting child abuse and neglect, see: Australian Institue of Family Studies website.

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