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?
Taking us seriously: Children and young people talk about safety and institutional responses to their safety concerns (PDF)
Feeling safe, being safe: What is important to children and young people with disability and high support needs about safety in institutional settings? (PDF)
Our safety counts: Children and young people’s perceptions of safety and institutional responses to their safety concerns (PDF)
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and child sexual abuse in institutional contexts (PDF)
Child sexual abuse in Australian institutional contexts 2008–13: Findings from administrative data (PDF)
Child sexual abuse in institutional contexts: The reliability of police data, nature of allegations reported to police, and factors driving reporting rates (PDF)
Life journeys of victim/survivors of child sexual abuse in institutions: An analysis of Royal Commission private sessions (PDF)
How can child sexual abuse in institutions be prevented?
Scoping review: Evaluations of pre-employment screening practices for child-related work that aim to prevent child sexual abuse and Supplementary Materials (PDF)
Scoping review: Evaluations of out-of-home care practice elements that aim to prevent child sexual abuse (PDF)
Rapid evidence assessment: Current best evidence in the therapeutic treatment of children with problem or harmful sexual behaviours, and children who have sexually offended (PDF)
How can child sexual abuse be better identified?
What is best practice for institutional responses where child sexual abuse has occurred?
Analysis of claims of child sexual abuse made with respect to Catholic Church institutions in Australia (PDF)
A national comparison of carer screening, assessment, selection and training and support in foster, kinship and residential care (PDF)
Analysis of complaints of child sexual abuse received by Anglican Church dioceses in Australia (PDF)
What is best practice for government and statutory authorities responding to child sexual abuse?
Historical review of sexual offence and child sexual abuse legislation in Australia: 1788-2013 (PDF)
Brief review of contemporary sexual offence and child sexual abuse legislation in Australia: 2015 update (PDF)
The admissibility and use of tendency, coincidence and relationship evidence in child sexual assault prosecutions in a selection of foreign jurisdictions (PDF)
The use and effectiveness of restorative justice in criminal justice systems following child sexual abuse or comparable harms (PDF)
A systematic review of the efficacy of specialist police investigative units in responding to child sexual abuse (PDF)
A study into the legislative – and related key policy and operational – frameworks for sharing information relating to child sexual abuse in institutional contexts (PDF)
Jury reasoning in joint and separate trials of institutional child sexual abuse: An empirical study (PDF)
Jury reasoning in joint and separate trials of institutional child sexual abuse: An empirical study - Trial Scripts (PDF)
Jury reasoning in joint and separate trials of institutional child sexual abuse: An empirical study - Request for feedback and researcher's response (PDF)
The impact of delayed reporting on the prosecution and outcomes of child sexual abuse cases and appendices to the appeals study (PDF)
An evaluation of how evidence is elicited from complainants of child sexual abuse and online supplementary materials (PDF)
Oversight and regulatory mechanisms aimed at protecting children from sexual abuse: Understanding current evidence of efficacy (PDF)
Police responses to child sexual abuse 2010-14: An analysis of administrative data for the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (PDF)
What are the treatment and support needs of victims/survivors and their families?
Service and support needs of specific population groups that have experienced child sexual abuse (PDF)
Impacts of institutional child sexual abuse on victims/survivors: A rapid review of research findings (PDF)
Rapid evidence review on the availability, modality and effectiveness of psychosocial support services for child and adult victims and survivors of child sexual abuse (PDF)
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?