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This research report presents the findings of a study that explored the safety of young people in residential care. Commissioned by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, this study aimed to understand what young people believe institutions are doing to identify, prevent and respond to sexual abuse and problematic sexual behaviours among young people. Twenty-seven participants aged 10-21 helped to conceptualise safety, identified their key sexual and non-sexual safety concerns, accounted for the ways that they believed residential care units were preventing and responding to abuse-related issues, and made suggestions on what they believed might be done to better keep them safe within residential settings.
This study was undertaken by ICPS in partnership with the Queensland University of Technology and Griffith University.