Taking us seriously: children and young people talk about safety and institutional responses to their safety concerns. A report for the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse
Moore, T., McArthur, M., Noble-Carr, D. & Harcourt, D. (2015). Taking us seriously: children and young people talk about safety and institutional responses to their safety concerns. A report for the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. 1-94. Australia: Australian Catholic University.
On Friday 11 January 2013, the Governor-General appointed a six-member Royal Commission to inquire into how institutions with a responsibility for children have managed and responded to allegations and instances of child sexual abuse. The Royal Commission is tasked with investigating where systems have failed to protect children, and making recommendations on how to improve laws, policies and practices to prevent and better respond to child sexual abuse in institutions. The Royal Commission has developed a comprehensive research program to support its work and to inform its findings and recommendations. The program focuses on eight themes: Why does child sexual abuse occur in institutions? How can child sexual abuse in institutions be prevented? How can child sexual abuse be better identified? How should institutions respond where child sexual abuse has occurred? How should government and statutory authorities respond? What are the treatment and support needs of victims/survivors and their families? What is the history of particular institutions of interest? How do we ensure the Royal Commission has a positive impact? This research report falls within theme one. The research program means the Royal Commission can: Obtain relevant background information Fill key evidence gaps Explore what is known and what works Develop recommendations that are informed by evidence, can be implemented and respond to contemporary issues
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