Authors: Dr Tim Moore, Morag McArthur, Dr Debbie Noble-Carr, Deborah Harcourt
In 2014, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse commissioned the ACU Institute of Child Protection Studies, with colleagues from the Queensland University of Technology and Griffith University, to develop an understanding of how children perceive safety and consider it within institutional contexts.
The study explored:
This report is the first of two presenting the findings of this study. It provides an overview of the major themes emerging from focus groups with children and young people aged 4-18 in the ACT, Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland. These participants interacted with early learning centres, schools, sporting groups, holiday camps, church groups, out-of-home care agencies and hospitals.
The findings informed the development of a national online survey of young people, which provided young people with the opportunity to share their views about safety in institutional contexts, and how well they thoughts institutions were responding to their needs (see related resources to access the second study report).
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