Child sexual abuse

Report

12 Jul 2017

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse commissioned the Telethon Kids Institute to collaborate on a report examining the question of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children’s past and contemporary vulnerability to child sexual abuse in institutional...

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Research report

19 Jun 2017

The purpose of this research was to establish a means of differentiating between types of institutions in terms of level of risk of child sexual abuse according to the characteristics of the institution and the kinds of activities that it organises. It draws on the existing research concerning...

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Report

30 May 2017

Sexually harmful behaviour is not limited to the sexual abuse of children by adults. It includes sexually problematic and harmful behaviour by other children. While the prevalence of sexually harmful behaviour by children is difficult to establish, emerging and ongoing research indicates that it...

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Journal article

15 Apr 2017

Although prevalence studies show girls are more frequently sexually abused than boys, a significant proportion of boys also experience child sexual abuse (CSA). The challenges for public policy are amplified for boys due to less developed public and professional sensitisation to boys’...

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Research report

20 Feb 2017

The Royal Commission has conducted a comprehensive survey of Catholic Church authorities in Australia to gather data about the extent of claims of child sexual abuse made against Catholic Church personnel.

A significant proportion of the people who contacted the Royal Commission made...

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Research report

05 Jan 2017

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Although the full extent and nature of the sexual exploitation of children is only beginning to be recognised, it is a problem of global significance that requires strong and effective responses. The extent to which the viewing of child exploitation material (CEM...

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Journal article

01 Jan 2017

Multi-Disciplinary teams (MDTs) have often been presented as the key to dealing with a number of intractable problems associated with responding to allegations of physical and sexual child abuse. While these approaches have proliferated internationally, researchers have complained of the lack of...

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Research report

19 Dec 2016

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...

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Briefing paper

12 Dec 2016

The Research to Practice Series links the findings of research undertaken by the Institute of Child Protection Studies, Australian Catholic University, to the development of policy and practice in the area of child, youth and family welfare. This issue presents the key findings from the...

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Briefing paper

12 Dec 2016

The Research to Practice Series links the findings of research undertaken by the Institute of Child Protection Studies, Australian Catholic University, to the development of policy and practice in the area of child, youth and family welfare.

This release, Issue 13, presents the...

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Research report

01 Dec 2016

This report analyses the role that organisational culture plays in child sexual abuse in institutional contexts. It specifically considers how organisational culture can affect the perpetration and detection of child sexual abuse and the responses to child sexual abuse in institutional contexts...

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Discussion paper

07 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 institutions...

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Discussion paper

03 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...

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Research report

30 Oct 2016

In this paper we present and discuss a snapshot of data describing child protection activity in Australia. The data presented is a summary of the data provided in Child Protection Australia 2014-15 (Australian Institute of Health and Welfare [AIHW], 2016).

In Australia, state and...

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Other video

25 Oct 2016

Between 2013 and 2016, the Institute of Child Protection Studies at the Australian Catholic University was commissioned by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse to conduct two studies, which spoke directly to children and young people about their views,...

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Commentary

Article

10 Oct 2016

Senator Derryn Hinch wants to create a sex offender register.  Rather than introducing and shepherding a bill sensibly and patiently through the Senate, Hinch revealed in the Australian Senate the names of several convicted sex offenders whose names were otherwise suppressed by the courts. He...

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Research report

15 Sep 2016

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (the Royal Commission) is inquiring into how institutions have engaged with and responded to allegations and instances of institutional child sexual abuse. Key to this inquiry is the need to generate an understanding of the...

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Research report

08 Sep 2016

This New Zealand Cabinet paper is the Government’s response to the recommendations made in the final report of the  Confidential Listening and Assistance Service. It provides a consolodated list of the actions taken by agencies to address each of the seven recommendations:

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Research report

07 Sep 2016

Over the past three years, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has explored the extent to which children and young people have been exposed to child sexual abuse, and considered some of the reasons why institutions have failed to actively prevent child sexual...

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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 reach adulthood. An...

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