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Children of prisoners: building resilience in a uniquely vulnerable group



This qualitative research project aims to add to the understanding of children's needs by exploring their experiences of parental incarceration. The project uses information gathered from children, their caregivers and other key groups to provide new insights into how service systems might work more effectively and responsively together.

The outcomes aim to reduce children's future involvement in welfare, health and criminal justice systems, as well as improve their well-being and participation in society.

The funding for the program is from the Australia Capital Territory Health Directorate and SHINE for Kids.

Abstract adapted from Australian Catholic University


Australian Catholic University
223 Antill St
Watson ACT 2602
PO Box 256
Dickson ACT 2602
Ph: (02) 6209 1100

Vicky Saunders
Research Fellow
Institute of Child Protection Studies
Australian Catholic University

Related publications

Saunders V, McArthur M (2013)

Children of prisoners: exploring the needs of children and young people who have a parent incarcerated in the Australian Capital Territory.

Sydney: Shine for Kids

Saunders V, Barry E (2013)

Children with parents in prison.

Canberra: Institute of Child Protection Studies, Australian Catholic University


Last updated: 2 September 2015
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