Ethical Practice Involving Children
Child safety is now a national policy priority in Australia. Beyond important and appropriate governance, policy and procedural responses, little is known about what constitutes ethical practice with children and young people, nor how this contributes to cultural conditions that promote their safety and wellbeing.
This Australian Research Council (ARC) funded study (DP180100465) aims to strengthen knowledge, policy and practice concerning ‘child-safe’ organisations by examining the role of ethical practice in improving children and young people’s safety and wellbeing. Ethical understandings and practice are being explored in three institutional contexts – schools, residential care and disability services.
Investigators: Professor Anne Graham (CCYP, SCU), Prof Sally Robinson (Flinders University), Prof Tim Moore (University of South Australia), Dr Donnah Anderson (Charles Sturt University), Prof Nicola Taylor (University of Otago, NZ), Emeritus Prof Nigel Thomas (University of Central Lancashire, UK), Dr Mary Ann Powell (University of Edinburgh), Dr Antonia Canosa (CCYP, SCU), Dr Tess Boyle (CCYP, SCU), Dr Paola Castillo (Charles Sturt University), Dr Jenna Meiksans (University of South Australia) and PhD candidate Meaghan Vosz (CCYP, SCU).
A Young People’s Advisory Group (YPAG) is helping guide the research design, implementation, analysis and reporting of findings. They are working in close conjunction with an adult Project Advisory Group (PAG), chaired by Professor Judy Cashmore AO (University of Sydney), and comprised of key leaders in related policy and service provision.
Academic Publications to Date
- Graham, A., Canosa, A., Wall, J., & Thomas, P. (2023). Child-safe organizations and the ethics of empowered inclusion. Children & Society, n/a. doi:10.1111/chso.12732
- Graham, A., Canosa, A., Boyle, T., Moore, T., Taylor, N., Anderson, D. L., & Robinson, S. (2022). Promoting students' safety and wellbeing: Ethical practice in schools. The Australian Educational Researcher. doi:10.1007/s13384-022-00567-8
- Powell, M. A., Graham, A., Canosa, A., Anderson, D., Taylor, N., Robinson, S., Moore, T. & Thomas, N. P. (2020). Children and Safety in Australian Policy: Implications for Organisations and Practitioners. Australian Journal of Social Issues. doi:1002/ajs4.134
- Powell, M. A., Graham, A., Canosa, A., Anderson, D., Moore, T., Robinson, S., Thomas, N. P., & Taylor, N. (2020). Child safety in policy: Who is being kept safe and from what? Social Policy & Administration, 54(7), 1160-1178. doi:10.1111/spol.12591
- Robinson, S., Graham, A., Canosa, A., Moore, T., Taylor, N., & Boyle, T. (2022, 2022/10/02). Ethical Practice in Disability Services: Views of Young People and Staff. Ethics and Social Welfare, 16(4), 412-431. doi:10.1080/17496535.2022.2072519.
- Beyond Safety: Ethical Practice Involving Children – Phase 1 Policy Analysis Report
- Beyond Safety: Ethical Practice Involving Children – Phase 2 Qualitative Findings Report
- Beyond Safety: Ethical Practice Involving Children – Phase 3 Report: Online Survey Report
Professional Learning Modules
- Professional Learning Workshop 1 - Introducing the Ethical Practice Involving Children (EPIC)
- Professional Learning Workshop 2 - Understanding Ethical Practice within Schools
- Professional Learning Workshop 2 - Understanding Ethical Practice within Disability Services
- Professional Learning Workshop 2 - Understanding Ethical Practice within Residential Care Services
- Professional Learning Workshop 3 - Mapping the Landscape within our School
- Professional Learning Workshop 3 - Mapping the Landscape within our Disability Service
- Professional Learning Workshop 3 - Mapping the Landscape within our Residential Care Service
Embedded within EPIC is a PhD research project by Meaghan Vosz titled ‘Participation is not enough: giving due weight to the views of children and young people in policy making in Australia’. Five young co-researchers observed over 100 policy workers and interviewed nine senior policy actors, then co-created an eBook about the practices they found to be associated with giving due weight: Through Our Eyes.