Authors: Tim Moore, Morag McArthur, Jodi Death, Steven Roche, Clare Tilbury
In 2014, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse commissioned the ACU Institute of Child Protection Studies, with partners from Griffith University and the Queensland University of Technology, to develop an understanding of how children perceive safety and consider it within institutional contexts.
This report presents the findings of a study which explored the safety of young people in residential care. This study explored the following research questions:
The study included interviews with 27 children and young people aged 10-21 with lived experience of residential care in Australia. Participants helped to conceptualise safety, identified their key sexual and non-sexual safety concerns, accounted for the ways that they believed residential care units were preventing and responding to abuse-related issues, and made suggestions on what they believed could be done to better keep them safe within residential care settings.
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