Partnership for Innovation in Out-of-home Care

Research Overview

Staff partner with organisations across the out-of-home care system to develop and embed social innovations that make a positive difference in the lives of vulnerable children living without parental care. Big policy and practice problems are the starting point for a highly collaborative process involving rigorous research to uncover new insights and better ideas through co-design.

Staff has a depth of experience in out-of-home care research and strategy, and works with managers and practitioners across different practice sites to explore issues and innovative solutions.



  • Australia's National Research Organisation for Women's Safety (ANROWS)
  • R E Ross Trust
  • Oz Child
  • Sidney Myer Fund
  • Department of Human Services (Victoria)
  • Office of Child Safety Commissioner (Victoria)
  • Department of Families, Housing, Community Services & Indigenous Affairs (Australian Government)
  • Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare

Research Projects

Faculty Research Themes

School Research Themes

Child Health

Key Contact

For further information about this research, please contact Professor Marie Connolly

Department / Centre

Social Work

Unit / Centre

Partnership for Innovation in Out-of-home Care

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