Reports and Stories of the Forgotten Australians throughout the 19th and 20th centuries.
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Ex PM Kevin Rudd apologises to the Forgotten Australians and Child Migrants Nov 16 2009

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"...They should be honoured for their experience and given every support they need in order to participate fully in the community of which they are part..."

Speech Senator Gary Humphries on the Forgotten Australians Inquiry.

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Specialist Prosecution Units and Courts: A review of the literature

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Improving the efficacy of prosecution of child sexual abuse is an important part of any child protection strategy. Convictions   for child sexual abuse have consequences beyond the punishment of the offender and a deterrent ...

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Improving the efficacy of prosecution of child sexual abuse is an important part of any child protection strategy. Convictions   for child sexual abuse have consequences beyond the punishment of the offender and a deterrent ...

The response of specialist police investigative units to child sexual abuse


Police must also have the skills required to address the multi-faceted needs of the child and adult complainants of the abuse, whether these needs are pre-existing...

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Police must also have the skills required to address the multi-faceted needs of the child and adult complainants of the abuse, whether these needs are pre-existing...

Restorative justice following child sexual abuse or comparable harms

The foundation of restorative justice is the opportunity for the parties directly affected by a crime to come together to acknowledge the impacts and discuss the way forward. Restorative justice hinges…

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The foundation of restorative justice is the opportunity for the parties directly affected by a crime to come together to acknowledge the impacts and discuss the way forward. Restorative justice hinges…

Contemporary sexual offence and abuse legislation: 2015 update


This report provides a brief overview of the offences that an individual who sexually abuses a child in an institutional setting may be charged with at the end of 2015. Information provided for...

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This report provides a brief overview of the offences that an individual who sexually abuses a child in an institutional setting may be charged with at the end of 2015. Information provided for...

Statistical Analysis of sentencing for child sexual abuse in institutional contexts

Even if the offending is reported, police do not always bring charges if the  accused is deceased or if there is insufficient evidence to support a prosecution. These victims do not have the opportunity to be heard in court.

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Even if the offending is reported, police do not always bring charges if the  accused is deceased or if there is insufficient evidence to support a prosecution. These victims do not have the opportunity to be heard in court.

Admissibility and use of tendency, coincidence and relationship evidence


The common law has traditionally excluded evidence of a defendant’s other misconduct due to concerns that the evidence would prejudice, confuse or distract the jury.

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The common law has traditionally excluded evidence of a defendant’s other misconduct due to concerns that the evidence would prejudice, confuse or distract the jury.

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Feeling Safe, Being Safe


All of the children and young people who participated in this study had cognitive impairments, and some also had multiple impairments. They are referred to in this report as...

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All of the children and young people who participated in this study had cognitive impairments, and some also had multiple impairments. They are referred to in this report as...

Evaluations of out-of-home care practice elements that aim to prevent child sexual abuse


The aim of this report is to provide the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse with an overview of the nature and extent of the international literature available on evaluations of OOHC

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The aim of this report is to provide the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse with an overview of the nature and extent of the international literature available on evaluations of OOHC

Hear no evil, see no evil

In his report on Case Study Two of the Royal Commission Professor Stephen Smallbone comments:‘It seems surprising that Ms Barnat remained unaware of the long list of ambiguous and clearly concerning incidents’...

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In his report on Case Study Two of the Royal Commission Professor Stephen Smallbone comments:‘It seems surprising that Ms Barnat remained unaware of the long list of ambiguous and clearly concerning incidents’...

Taking Us Seriously




In recent years, researchers have increasingly identified and advocated for  the  legitimacy  of children’s participation in the research process (Harcourt, Perry, & Waller, 2011). Involving children as active research...

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In recent years, researchers have increasingly identified and advocated for  the  legitimacy  of children’s participation in the research process (Harcourt, Perry, & Waller, 2011). Involving children as active research...

Sentencing for Child Sexual Abuse in Institutional Contexts


Children have been physically, sexually and emotionally abused throughout  history and in most societies. Over time, concepts of childhood have changed (Aries, 1962), as have societal views of the nature and effect of abuse.

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Children have been physically, sexually and emotionally abused throughout  history and in most societies. Over time, concepts of childhood have changed (Aries, 1962), as have societal views of the nature and effect of abuse.

Implementation of recommendations arising from previous inquiries


The overall aim of the research was to assess the extent to which 288 recommendations from 67 previous inquiries had been implemented and identify factors that determined or contributed to successful implementation.

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The overall aim of the research was to assess the extent to which 288 recommendations from 67 previous inquiries had been implemented and identify factors that determined or contributed to successful implementation.

Child sexual abuse prevention programs for pre-schoolers:


Within this theme is a subset of research questions that aim to assess the efficacy of measures designed to protect children in institutions from sexual abuse, including the efficacy of primary prevention programs.

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Within this theme is a subset of research questions that aim to assess the efficacy of measures designed to protect children in institutions from sexual abuse, including the efficacy of primary prevention programs.

Evaluations of pre-employment screening practices for child-related work




In order to systematically examine the nature and extent of the international literature available on the effectiveness of pre-employment screening practices...

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In order to systematically examine the nature and extent of the international literature available on the effectiveness of pre-employment screening practices...

Brief review of contemporary sexual offence and child sexual abuse legislation in Australia


Ms Rogers told us that she was sexually abused by Mr Volkers on a number of occasions. The abuse started in 1985, when she was around 13 or 14 years old, and continued until towards the end of 1987 or the start of 1988, when she turned 16

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Ms Rogers told us that she was sexually abused by Mr Volkers on a number of occasions. The abuse started in 1985, when she was around 13 or 14 years old, and continued until towards the end of 1987 or the start of 1988, when she turned 16

Mandatory reporting laws for child sexual abuse in Australia:




Mandatory reporting laws are laws passed by parliament requiring designated persons outside the child’s family to report known and suspected cases of child abuse – including sexual abuse


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Mandatory reporting laws are laws passed by parliament requiring designated persons outside the child’s family to report known and suspected cases of child abuse – including sexual abuse

Historical review of sexual offence and child sexual abuse


In the eighteenth century, little demarcation existed between children and adults. ‘Childhood’ did not exist—children were seen as extensions of their parents and as ‘little adults’ (deMause 1974).

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In the eighteenth century, little demarcation existed between children and adults. ‘Childhood’ did not exist—children were seen as extensions of their parents and as ‘little adults’ (deMause 1974).

Child Exploitation Material in the Context of Institutional


Child sexual abuse is not a recent phenomenon, within institutional contexts or otherwise. Similarly, historical records indicate that the portrayal of child sexual abuse though imagery as a topic of eroticism is not new (Ost, 2009)

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Child sexual abuse is not a recent phenomenon, within institutional contexts or otherwise. Similarly, historical records indicate that the portrayal of child sexual abuse though imagery as a topic of eroticism is not new (Ost, 2009)

History of child protection legislation


This document provides a survey of the legislative responses concerning children and institutions across Australia,from European colonisation to the first decade of the 21st century.


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This document provides a survey of the legislative responses concerning children and institutions across Australia,from European colonisation to the first decade of the 21st century.

History of institutions providing out-of-home residential care for children


The development of institutional ‘care’ for children needs to be understood within the context of the broader provision for the poor in colonial Australia.


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The development of institutional ‘care’ for children needs to be understood within the context of the broader provision for the poor in colonial Australia.

SAFE AND SOUND: Exploring the the safety of youg people in residential care,

Although there is a growing body of literature focusing on the needs and experiences of children and young people in residential care in Australia, little attention has been placed on their experiences of abuse or harm. There is no Australian (and very little international) literature exploring how children and young people perceive safety from abuse or peer sexual violence in residential care,

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History of Australian inquiries reviewing institutions providing care for children

Also included are select committees of one or other house of the colonial or state parliaments, magisterial and coronial inquiries and investigations conducted by state departments, or, in a small number of cases...


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Also included are select committees of one or other house of the colonial or state parliaments, magisterial and coronial inquiries and investigations conducted by state departments, or, in a small number of cases...

RESEARCH

Research and Responses on Institutional childhood Sexual Abuse

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There is no Australian (and very little international) literature exploring how children and young people perceive safety from abuse or peer sexual violence in residential care,

Disability and child sexual abuse in institutional contexts  


Children and young people with disability are often absent in discussions about child sexual abuse as people with disability are left out of discussions about violence, abuse and neglect.



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Children and young people with disability are often absent in discussions about child sexual abuse as people with disability are left out of discussions about violence, abuse and neglect.

Oversight and regulatory mechanisms aimed at protecting children  


Across Australia, oversight bodies enable monitoring of aspects of child welfare, particularly for children in the care and protection system. For this report, the Royal Commission examined oversight bodies including ombudsmen offices (including children’s ombudsmen);…


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Across Australia, oversight bodies enable monitoring of aspects of child welfare, particularly for children in the care and protection system. For this report, the Royal Commission examined oversight bodies including ombudsmen offices (including children’s ombudsmen);…

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The  Royal  Commission has  conducted a  comprehensive survey  of  the  23  Anglican Church dioceses  in  Australia  to  gather  data about  the extent  of  complaints  of  child  sexual  abuse received by Anglican Church dioceses.


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The  Royal  Commission has  conducted a  comprehensive survey  of  the  23  Anglican Church dioceses  in  Australia  to  gather  data about  the extent  of  complaints  of  child  sexual  abuse received by Anglican Church dioceses