Creating child safe institutions

On Monday 1 May 2017, the Royal Commission will host a research symposium sharing the findings from three research reports commissioned and published by the Royal Commission on the topic of child safe institutions. 

Commissioner Justice Coate will introduce the symposium. Dr kylie valentine, Professor Morag McArthur, Dr Tim Moore and Professor Gwynnyth Llewellyn will present findings from the research and there will be the opportunity for Q&A.  

Monday 1 May 2017


9:00am – 12:30pm including morning tea. Registration from 8:30am. 
Victoria Room, ibis Melbourne
15-21 Therry Street         


Presenters and research to be discussed:

Key Elements of Child Safe Organisations

Dr kylie valentine

Social Policy Research Centre at University of New South Wales

Dr valentine will discuss the findings from a project that adapted a Delphi methodology to obtain advice, opinion and consensus from a panel of  independent experts on what should constitute key principles, elements and sub-elements of child safe organisations.

Safe and sound: Exploring the safety of young people in residential care

Professor Morag McArthur & Dr Tim Moore

Institute of Child Protection Studies, Australian Catholic University 

Both presenters will discuss the major themes emerging from interviews with 27 children and young people with lived experience of residential care in Australia about what might prevent sexual abuse, what helps them feel safe, how well services have responded and what could be done to increase their safety in residential care.

Disability and child sexual abuse in institutional contexts

Professor Gwynnyth Llewellyn

Faculty of Health Sciences at University of Sydney

Professor Llewellyn will share analysis of the historical, social and policy contexts surrounding children with  disability and examine the evidence about prevalence and prevention of sexual abuse of children with disability in institutional contexts.