About us

The Centre for Children and Young People is internationally recognised for its research focused on advancing the rights, wellbeing and participation of children and young in their families, schools and communities.

Located within the School of Education at Southern Cross University, the Centre has attracted over $8million in external funding, partnering with over 60 organisations to undertake projects ranging from small community-based or regional research initiatives to major national and international studies, including 7 Australian Research Council (ARC) funded projects.

From working collaboratively with partners to develop an International Charter and evidence-based guidance and resources on Ethical Research Involving Children (now translated into 6 languages) to authoring the highly successful suite of Seasons for Growth loss and grief education programs (implemented in 5 countries with over 270,00 children, young people and adults participating) we focus on ensuring our research has measurable social as well as academic impact.

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Research Areas

Our research focuses on topics broadly linked to:

  • children and young people’s wellbeing, safety and participation (in school, family, community and research settings);
  • the relevance, quality and effectiveness of policies, practices, programs and services designed to improve children and young people’s lives and circumstances (such as in schools, disability services, family law, care and protection).

Explore Our Research to find out more.

Research Approach

Our research is highly collaborative and underpinned by an understanding that children and young people have the right to protection, provision and participation (as set out in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child).

This means:

We are proactive and innovative in progressing ethical and participatory mixed method research with children and young people, regardless of age or ability.

Children and young people are involved not only as participants in our research but also collaborate in the design of our studies, advise on our progress, and co-develop outputs that are relevant for children and young people.

We work hard to develop and sustain collaborative partnerships with government, non-government and community agencies to deliver research and program evaluation that has high relevance and impact.

Relationships book coverImpact and engagement are critically important aspects of our work. Our research is focused on generating knowledge that can inform policy and practice likely to improve children and young people’s lives. See an example of this in practice.

Our research is widely disseminated. We do this through high quality academic publications but also through colourful 'plain-English' research summaries, 'good-practice' guidelines, websites, education programs, professional learning workshops, conferences and various digital forms. Explore Our Research to see examples for each of our projects.

Overall, the work of the Centre is underpinned by the CCYP core principles File Type - PDF.

If you are interested in partnering with us, please get in touch. We always welcome enquiries, ideas or proposals at any time.