In order to make recommendations we needed to understand more about child sexual abuse in institutional contexts. The Royal Commission established a program of research to answer some key questions and respond to gaps in the Australian and international evidence base.
We commissioned and conducted research in three broad categories:
- descriptive research to establish necessary background information
- primary research to fill critical evidence gaps
- research that summarised existing findings about child sexual abuse in institutional contexts, as well as practices that successfully prevent or respond to it.
Our research agenda had 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?
What is best practice for institutional responses where child sexual abuse has occurred?
What is best practice for government and statutory authorities responding to child sexual abuse?
What are the treatment and support needs of victims/survivors and their families?
What is the history of particular institutions of interest?
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How do we ensure the Commission's work has a positive impact?