Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

Owning Institution
Government of Australia

Discussion paper

7 Nov 2016

Children and young people with disability are often absent in discussions about child sexual abuse as people with disability are left out of discussions about violence, abuse and neglect. This is due in part to individuals with disability being excluded from society, hidden away in...

Discussion paper

3 Nov 2016

This discussion paper has been published by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. It examines the growing interest in trauma-informed care and the implementation of trauma-informed approaches to support survivors of trauma, including survivors of child sexual abuse.

Research report

29 Aug 2016

Children and young people who have been sexually abused sometimes disclose that abuse soon after the event or events occurred, or at least later during childhood. However, many children and young people do not tell anyone about the abuse until decades later, long after they...

Research report

24 Aug 2016

Child sexual abuse is difficult to prosecute and has one of the highest attrition rates of all criminal offences. Part of the difficulty in prosecuting these cases is that offending is often hidden from public view, leaving only the complainants’ evidence to establish the defendants’...

Research report

26 Jul 2016

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (the Royal Commission) contracted researchers from the Gendered Violence Research Network (GVRN) at UNSW Australia to provide a literature review on the support needs of specific population groups affected by institutional child sexual abuse....

Research report

23 May 2016

This report has been prepared by Carolyn Adams (Macquarie University) and Krista Lee-Jones for the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

It aims to identify aspects of information sharing frameworks that:

facilitate appropriate and timely information sharing between institutions and...

Research report

18 May 2016

This report forms part of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse’s research program in relation to criminal justice system’s response to child sexual abuse in institutional contexts.

This study investigated the extent to which joint trials with cross-admissible tendency evidence...

Research report

15 Sep 2015

This report suggests that a new approach that seeks a deeper understanding of why errors occur would be more effective in encouraging safe practices in the future.

Executive Summary:

The failure to protect children from sexual abuse not only arouses shock and...

Research report

14 Sep 2015

The Royal Commission has examined the extent to which ‘justice for victims’ of institutional child abuse has been, or can be, achieved through previous and current redress processes and civil litigation systems.

This report contains recommendations in relation to the provision of effective redress...

Case study

14 Sep 2015

Assesses the Archdiocese of Melbourne’s process for responding to those who have been sexually abused by priests, religious and lay persons within the Archdiocese of Melbourne.


The report of Case Study 16 follows a public hearing into the Melbourne Response held...

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