09 September 2021

Leah and award

The Australian Centre for Child Protection (ACCP) at UniSA has been recognised for its leadership in child protection research across Australia and for supporting the design of evidence-based services.

Announced as part of the inaugural South Australian Child Protection Awards, the Award for Excellence in Child Protection Research recognises the importance of child protection research in improving the lives of vulnerable children and their families.

The award ceremony was held during National Child Protection Week, which aims to engage and educate all Australians to understand they have a part to play in keeping children and young people safe from violence, abuse and neglect.

ACCP director Professor Leah Bromfield says the award recognises the ACCP’s leading approach and the innovation of its research and the difference it has and is making for children affected by abuse and neglect.

“At the ACCP we recognise that research on its own does not change lives, people do,” Prof Bromfield says. “The ACCP strives to work with partners across policy and practice, parents, carers and children to develop and implement the most responsive solutions.

“This week is focused on spreading the message that to treat all of Australia’s children fairly, we need to make sure every family and community has what children need to thrive and be healthy.”

She says improving outcomes for children, families and communities is at the heart of their approach.

Deputy Vice Chancellor: Research and Enterprise Professor Marnie Hughes-Warrington says the award recognises where innovative and leading work is being undertaken in child protection.

“ACCP’s national and partnered approach to research means its outcomes can be applied in practical and impactful ways, working together with policy makers and practitioners,” Prof Hughes-Warrington says.

“This is driving new approaches and outcomes in child protection, continuing to shape the Australian policy and practice landscape in this critical field.”

Contact: Lisa McDonald mobile:+61 0401 635 310 email: lisa.mcdonald@unisa.edu.au