Child sexual abuse

Report

Second interim report of the Joint Select Committee on implementation of the National Redress Scheme, November 2021

Since its establishment in 2018, the National Redress Scheme has made both a symbolic and practical contribution to the pursuit of justice by survivors of institutional child sexual abuse. The focus of this second interim report is to identify reforms that will have the greatest...
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Abuse in care: Royal Commission of Inquiry into Abuse in Care - interim report

The Royal Commission of Inquiry into Abuse in Care interim report – Tāwharautia: Pūrongo o te Wā (Tāwharautia) describes the key themes and common issues from the experiences shared by survivors and witnesses.
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Economic cost of abuse in care: final report

This study aims to provide a high-level estimate of the cost of abuse in care over the inquiry period. In researching how this might be done, the study identifies the range of impacts associated with the abuse of young people and vulnerable adults, how they...
Strategy

First Commonwealth action plan to prevent and respond to child sexual abuse 2021–2024

This strategy document works alongside the First National Action Plan, and includes measures the Australian government will largely deliver on its own. The focus will be on Australian government priorities and responsibilities, such as preventing and responding to online child sexual abuse.
Strategy

National strategy to prevent and respond to child sexual abuse 2021–2030

This strategy is the first of its kind in Australia, and provides a nationally coordinated, strategic framework for preventing and responding to child sexual abuse. It seeks to reduce the risk, extent and impact of child sexual abuse and related harms in Australia.
Guide

A guide for children and young people to the National strategy to prevent and respond to child sexual abuse (2021-2030) and its action plans

This guide is intended to help children and young people understand child sexual abuse, how and where to get help, and how the national strategy is improving Australia’s response to child sexual abuse. It is recommended for children aged 9 years and up.
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Adult responses to concerning sexual behaviours of young people in specialist school settings

Children with disability have a right to support and safety not only to prevent harm from adults, but also from their peers. This report presents findings from a study that examined how well equipped specialist school staff are to respond to child sexual abuse among...
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Predicting prolific live streaming of child sexual abuse

Technologically-enabled crime has proliferated in recent years. One such crime type is the live streaming of child sexual abuse (CSA). This study employs a machine learning approach to better understand the characteristics of Australians who engaged with known facilitators of CSA live streaming in the...
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Patterns and predictors of reoffending among child sexual offenders: a rapid evidence assessment

This report presents a rapid evidence assessment which provides an updated review of reoffending research on child sexual offenders from January 2010 to March 2020. Thirty-three studies examining 55 independent samples of adult and juvenile child sexual offenders were reviewed.
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Reoffending among child sexual offenders

This study examines reoffending among 1,092 male offenders proceeded against for a child sexual offence in New South Wales between 2004 and 2013.
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Second year review of the National Redress Scheme: final report

This review concludes that a significant and urgent reset of the National Redress Scheme is required to deliver on the commitments of governments, provide survivors with an acknowledgment that the abuse should not have occurred, and confirm that the scheme is a survivor-centred, humane and...
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Factors influencing therapy use following a disclosure of child sexual abuse

This paper reports on the results of a rapid evidence review of research into factors influencing the utilisation of therapy for child sexual abuse.
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Rates of therapy use following a disclosure of child sexual abuse

This paper describes a rapid evidence review of research on the utilisation of therapy for child sexual abuse.
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Child sexual abuse material on the darknet: a script analysis of how offenders operate

Using data obtained from interviews with online investigators, this study uses crime script analysis to reconstruct step-by-step how offenders operate on the darknet.
Evaluation

Effective delivery methods and teaching strategies for child sexual abuse prevention: a rapid evidence check

This rapid evidence check presents the current state of child sexual abuse (CSA) prevention programs, reviewing their utility and effectiveness for CSA prevention education for children. It includes recommendations about the design and delivery of programs for pre-schoolers and children in the early primary school...
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Production and distribution of child sexual abuse material by parental figures

This report argues that there is a need for targeted research into the circumstances, patterns and dynamics of child sexual abuse material production perpetrated by parental figures, in order to inform strategies to prevent and detect offending parents.
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Crime commission processes in child sexual abuse material production and distribution: a systematic review

The aim of this study was to conduct a systematic review of the empirical literature on crime commission processes involved in child sexual abuse material (CSAM) production and distribution.
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Victorian government annual report 2020: Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

This is the Victorian government’s third annual report on implementation of the Royal Commission’s recommendations.
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Implementation of recommendations from the final report of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse: annual progress report 2020

This is the Australian Government’s third annual progress report to show how they have implemented the recommendations from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.