The lived experience of refugee-background children in Australia

This project is a collaboration between Save the Children (STC) and researchers experienced in child public health; migrant and refugee history, policy and settlement; and early childhood education. It aims to operationalise human rights approaches to research and practice – bringing young children’s perspectives, insights and voices into the knowledge created about them. It uses innovative participatory visual and mobile methods to engage young refugee-background children and parents participating in STC’s supported playgroups in an exploration of their lives and circumstances following resettlement in Melbourne.

The project will increase understanding of the complex processes required for social inclusion, and inform provision of appropriate supports for these families by services and policy-makers.

Researchers

Karen Block [McCaughey Centre for Community Wellbeing, Faculty of Medicine, Dental and Health Sciences, UoM]

Lisa Gibbs [McCaughey Centre for Community Wellbeing, Faculty of Medicine, Dental and Health Sciences, UoM]

Kylie Smith [Youth Research Centre, Melbourne Graduate School of Education, MGSE, UoM]

Sara Wills [School of Historical and Philosophical Studies, Faculty of Arts, Arts, UoM]

Pookong Kee [Asia Institute, Faculty of Arts, Arts, UoM]