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.