Briefing paper

The ICPS Research to Practice Series links the findings of research undertaken by ICPS, to the development of policy and practice in the area of child, youth and family welfare.

Issue 11 explores children and young people's conceptualisations of interpersonal safety, and what gives rise to these perceptions. This issue is based on the findings of the first 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.

This component of the study included focus groups with 121 children and young people aged 4 – 18 in the ACT, Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria. These included three focus groups with young carers, students at an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander school, and children and young people in out-of-home care. More information about the project is provided at the end of the issue.

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