Dr Sanne Oostermeijer awarded an Early Career Researcher Grant

Congratulations to Dr Sanne Oostermeijer who has been awarded an Early Career Researcher Grant for her project Youth justice workers’ views on, and use of, relational security.

About the project:

The current project aims to explore views on, and use of, relational security by youth justice workers from a Victorian youth justice facility. Relational security forms a vital part of establishing a safe and secure environment in Youth Justice facilities, while also facilitating a therapeutic approach. It refers to the knowledge and understanding that staff have of the environment and the people in their care and/or custody, and the way this knowledge is used to maintain safety and manage risk. This project will involve a qualitative study using semi-structured interviews with Youth Justice Workers. Findings will produce practice-relevant evidence regarding relational security and will inform approaches to improve the safety and wellbeing of staff and young people in custody.

About the grants:

The objectives of this scheme are to:

  • Support early career researchers with high research potential to progress their research careers by funding high quality research projects and pilot research projects on a competitive basis;
  • Encourage research of new members of staff seeking to establish their program of research at the University;
  • Enhance the staff member’s competitiveness in bidding for external research funds;
  • Provide experience in preparing a grant application for peer review; and
  • Provide research funding for projects that are strategically aligned with the University’s priorities.

Find out more here: https://research.unimelb.edu.au/support/funding/internal/ecr