Report by the Institute of Child Protection Studies about opportunities for prevention of child sexual abuse.
Authors: Emeritus Professor Morag McArthur, Vicky Saunders
In 2016, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse commissioned the ACU Institute of Child Protection Studies to carry out a research study to develop an understanding of:
The service needs and help-seeking behaviours of professionals, parents, and community members concerned about the behaviour of an adult who is exhibiting potentially sexually harmful behaviour towards a child;
The needs and help-seeking behaviours of professionals, parents and community members concerned about a child who is exhibiting potentially sexually harmful behaviour;
The needs and help-seeking behaviours of individuals concerned that they may sexually harm or abuse a child;
And the function and effectiveness of existing services tasked with responding to the needs of these target groups.
The study included a literature review, a service-mapping exercise, interviews with 23 service providers, and focus groups with parents and caregivers, community members and professionals working with and for children.
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