Research team contacts

Principal Researcher:

Ms Natasha Ayling, School of Early Childhood and Inclusive Education, QUT

Professor Kerryann Walsh, School of Early Childhood & Inclusive Education, QUT

Associate Researcher:

Associate Professor Kate Williams, School of Early Childhood & Inclusive Education, QUT

Professor Ben Mathews, School of Law, QUT

Research Student:

Natasha Ayling, School of Early Childhood and Inclusive Education, QUT

Research Centre / Group:

Centre for Child and Family Studies

What is the purpose of this research?

The purpose of the study is to investigate the barriers and facilitators to mandatory reporting of child abuse and neglect in the Australian early childhood sector.  We are particularly interested in how educators support each other to make decisions about reporting.

Are you looking for people like me?

We are looking for about 400 professionals aged 18 years or over and currently working in the early childhood education sector in Australia.

What will you ask me to do?

Participation would involve completing an online survey that is anticipated to take about 30 minutes.

Are there any risks for me in taking part?

Child abuse and neglect is a difficult topic, and we know from our previous work that it is something that ECEC educators care deeply about. There are some risks associated with participating in this study that you should know about:

  • Participating in the survey might create some inconvenience for you, including finding time in your schedule to fit it in.
  • Participating in survey may raise some issues for you, for example in recalling your own personal experiences, and/or professional experiences such as handling child abuse and neglect cases or reporting.

QUT provides for limited free psychology, family therapy or counselling services for research participants of QUT research projects who may experience discomfort or distress as a result of their participation in the research. Should you wish to access this service please call the Clinic Receptionist on 07 3138 0999 (Monday–Friday only 9am–5pm), QUT Psychology and Counselling Clinic, 44 Musk Avenue, Kelvin Grove, and indicate that you are a research participant. Alternatively, Lifeline provides access to online, phone or face-to-face support, call 13 11 14 for 24-hour telephone crisis support. If you are aged up to 25, you can also call the Kids Helpline on 1800 551 800.

Are there any benefits for me in taking part?

Your participation may not benefit you directly. However, it may benefit others in the future by contributing to better the deeper understanding of the barriers and facilitators to mandatory reporting of child abuse and neglect for educators in ECEC services in Australia. This understanding, in turn, will help us to ensure that we develop a useful survey that is grounded in the perspectives of the early childhood workforce

Will I be compensated for my time?

There will be no compensation offered for your time.

I am interested - what should I do next?

Access the participant information sheet and survey

After you have read and understood the information regarding your participation, you may then choose to complete the survey.  Your consent is implied through your completion of the survey.

QUT Ethics Number: 5998