Rosa Flaherty, PhD Scholar

Rosa Flaherty

Title: Pre-birth statutory child protection concerns: the characteristics of women and experiences of women and service providers
"Doing my thesis through the Centre was an excellent choice because it is an engine room of enthusiastic child-focused, family-centred researchers who bring a diverse range of industry experience to their thinking. These attributes are invaluable to me, during my exploration of the support offered to at-risk pregnant women and their unborn babies, as this is a sensitive and complex topic to research."


Victoria Parsons, PhD Scholar

Victoria ParsonsWorking Title: The general public's knowledge and beliefs about child sexual abuse
“Undertaking my PhD at the ACCP has been a great start to a lifetime career of making the world safer for children by preventing sexual abuse. At the ACCP, I have gained a strong grounding in child sexual abuse theory and empirical evidence, qualitative methodologies, and theory of psychometric instrument creation and validation. I have also had the opportunity to work on other related projects that have given me an understanding of intervention evaluation and I have access to the collective knowledge of a wide range of supportive staff, including my supervisory panel.”


Sarah Seekamp, PhD Scholar

Sarah Seekamp

Title: The use of child focused practice indicators to enhance interprofessional practice for children (birth - 3 years) in Early Childhood Education and Care settings who have experienced abuse and neglect
“Completing my thesis with the ACCP will help me to pursue my ambition to enhance interprofessional practice for children from birth to 3 years who have experienced maltreatment, prioritising the child’s developmental needs as a common practice goal across professionals and families.  As part of achieving this goal I also hope that my PhD equips me to strengthen interprofessional education within the UniSA as it relates to supporting young children who have experienced maltreatment."


Amy Cleland, PhD Scholar

Title: Laws that Colonise: Aboriginal Children, Child Protection and the Australian Legal System
"It’s a privilege to undertake my PhD with the ACCP, along with the opportunity to partner with the Department for Child Protection. My thesis aims to address the increasing over-representation of Aboriginal children in the child protection system, through an analysis of the South Australian situation and the legal and social work practice stories that accompany the statistics. These stories will inform best practice in the sector in relation to effectively applying the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Placement Principles. The project will consolidate an understanding of the Australian legal system’s governance of relationships between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people, and the State and Commonwealth child protection laws and policies."


Ebony Tucker, PhD Scholar

Title: Improving the process and long-term outcomes of reunification for families: Exploring the barriers and facilitators for successful and safe reunification.
"In pursuing my PhD with the ACCP, I have received the invaluable opportunity to contribute to critical child protection research that serves to improve the outcomes of those children and families who are most at risk. Specifically, my research aims to enhance the process and long-term outcomes for reunified families by exploring the environmental, social, and psychological barriers and facilitators to successful and safe long-term reunification. Being alongside a passionate team of child protection researchers who hold extensive academic and industry experience will be an indispensable element in the ability of my research to inform reunification policy and practice."