Australian Centre for Child Protection (UniSA)


The Australian Centre for Child Protection (ACCP) is dedicated to research that focuses on practical tools and techniques that benefit front-line staff in child and family protective services to help children and families.  Located at the University of South Australia, and through funding provided by the UniSA's Division of Education, Arts and Social Sciences, the ACCP works in partnership with APO to curate the Child Protection Collection of resources in this field.

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Policy report

Identifying early intervention and prevention pathways for child protection concerns raised in pregnancy: Preliminary Findings from Child Protection Departmental Case File Reviews
22 Oct 2017

This study aimed to provide a better understanding of the concerns being raised to the Department of Child Protection about unborn children, to examine patterns of risk factors, to identify subsequent child protection involvement for these children, and to study patterns in the data to...


12 Sep 2014

This video clip outlines the grave need for child protection research and the essential work that the Centre does for Australian children and families.

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A report to the Australian Children's Commissioners and Guardians
29 Jun 2018

This report provides an analysis and evaluation of a range of child protection practice frameworks, in terms of the way they respond to the values, principles and approach to working with children and families applicable to the continuum of child protection practice.

Discussion paper

An issues paper for Commissioner for Children and Young People Western Australia
15 Dec 2017

This paper examines the current and emerging evidence base regarding the continuum of responses for children and young people who display harmful sexual behaviours.


15 Aug 2017

This report summarises a comparison of Australian and select international jurisdictions against the approach of the Joint Investigation Response Team (JIRT) model in New South Wales.


15 Aug 2017

This report aims to provide a synthesis of research information to suggest the most important components of Multi-Disciplinary Team responses in order to inform the ongoing review of the Joint Investigation Response Team model by the NSW Ombudsman.


15 Jul 2017

This report summarises the findings of the evaluation of the Multiagency Investigation and Support Team (MIST).

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15 Nov 2018

This project sought to understand the impact of this Child-At-Risk (CAR) electronic Medical Record (eMR) alert information sharing system on outcomes for women and children. This included understanding how staff responded to seeing Child-At-Risk alerts on a client’s eMR, the practices that were carried out...

Journal article

17 May 2018

There is an urgent need for culturally appropriate ways of assessing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander kinship carers for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children entering into out‐of‐home care in the Australian statutory child protection system.


Findings of the first two case file reviews
16 Apr 2018

The Early Intervention Research Directorate (EIRD) held a Research Forum on 10 April 2018, where the External Expert Consortium of researchers shared their overarching key findings from child abuse/neglect prevention and early intervention research to date.

These research findings impact how individuals, organisations and...

Briefing paper

27 Mar 2018

Optimising early childhood development requires a holistic approach to policy, programs and services that builds understanding of this important period and advances integrated polices and evidence-informed practices.


1 Feb 2018

This paper reports on the arrangements in place in each state/territory to support a cross-agency response based on characteristics associated with effective cross-agency responses identified in the research literature.

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