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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, perceptions and experiences of safety in institutions. These studies were conducted in partnership with colleagues from the Queensland University of Technology and Griffith University.

The first study, Developing an understanding of how children understand and experience safety in institutions(link is external), explored what children and young people think about safety in institutional contexts, and included focus groups and a national online survey. This also prompted a nested study conducted by Southern Cross University, which spoke to young people with disability.

An animation presenting the findings of this study is available on YouTube via the link provided.

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