Supporting Links for Implementation

1. Promote strong leadership and governance and a culture of child safety

RESEARCH PAPERS

Implementation Best Practice

Evidence and frameworks for understanding perpetrators of institutional child sexual abuse

Risk profiles for institutional child sexual abuse

UNITING CHURCH REFERENCE POINTS

The Uniting Church Regulations, 2015 Edition (the regulations)

Uniting Church in Australia Code of Ethics and Ministry Practice

Sexual Abuse and Sexual misconduct Policy (Assembly)

The Uniting Church in Australia, National Child Safe Policy Framework (2017)

Child sexual abuse prevention programs for pre-schoolers: A synthesis of current evidence

Key elements of child safe organisations: Research study

We all have a role in protecting children: end the silence on abuse

2. Enable children and families to participate in decision making

RESEARCH PAPERS

Taking Us Seriously: Children and young people talk about safety and institutional responses to their safety concerns.

Feeling safe, being safe: What is important to children and young people with disability and high support needs about safety in institutional settings?

Our safety counts: Children and young people’s perceptions of safety and institutional responses to their safety concerns.

3. Provide an open environment

RESEARCH PAPERS

The role of organisational culture in child sexual abuse in institutional contexts

Help seeking needs and gaps for preventing child sexual abuse

History of child protection legislation

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

History of Australian inquiries reviewing institutions providing care for children

4. Respect diversity and promote equity

RESOURCES

Supporting carers to care for our children resources and activities – has links to an extensive range of material

Winangay Resources: stronger ways with Aboriginal children and families

Good and innovative practice in service delivery to vulnerable and disadvantaged families and children

RESEARCH PAPERS

Feeling safe, being safe: What is important to children and young people with disability and high support needs about safety in institutional settings?

Disability and child sexual abuse in institutional settings

Principles of Trauma-informed approaches to child sexual abuse: A discussion paper

Child Family community Australia publications

Complex trauma: how abuse and neglect can have life-long effects

Empowering Indigenous communities to prevent child abuse and neglect

Australia failing to safeguard cultural connections for Aboriginal children in out-of-home care

Child protection: how to keep vulnerable kids with their families

Family Wellbeing Program

5. Have clear codes of conduct

UNITING CHURCH REFERENCE POINTS

Uniting Church in Australia Code of Ethics and Ministry Practice

The Uniting Church Constitution and Regulations, 2015

Uniting Church in Australia code of conduct for Lay Leaders

Guidelines for councils of the church, when implementing the code of conduct for lay leaders

6. Adopt clear evidence based policies and procedures

UNITING CHURCH REFERENCE POINTS

National Child Safe Policy Framework

RESEARCH PAPERS

Child Exploitation Material in the Context of Institutional Child Sexual Abuse

Evidence and frameworks for understanding perpetrators of institutional child sexual abuse

Risk profiles for institutional child sexual abuse

Child sexual abuse prevention programs for pre-schoolers: A synthesis of current evidence

Key elements of child safe organisations: Research study

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

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

7. Recruit well

RESOURCES

Values based recruitment is an approach to help attract and select employees whose personal values and behaviours align with the values outlined of the organisation.  It changes the focus of the recruitment so that organisational fit and values match are given weight.  Where two candidates with equal ability are considered, values match would determine the successful candidate. 

Health Education England has published a VBR Framework (2016) which would inform the development of guidelines to support the implementation of VBR

RESEARCH PAPERS

AIFS report on pre-employment screening: WWCC & Police checks

Scoping review: Evaluations of pre-employment screening practices for child-related work that aim to prevent child sexual abuse

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

Employment screening: legislation and prohibited employment schemes for each Australian state and territory

Carer screening, assessment, selection and training

Scoping review: Efficacy of pre-employment screening

LEGISLATIVE REQUIREMENTS

Employment screening: legislation and prohibited employment schemes for each Australian state and territory

8. Provide child safe focused orientation and training

National Council of Churches in Australia Safe Church Training Standards

9. Undertake strong planning and supervision

PUBLICATIONS ABOUT RISK ASSESSMENT

Risk assessment instruments in child protection

Nonprofit Risk Management Centre

PUBLICATIONS ABOUT SUPERVISION

Working with adolescents: Supervision has links to several related articles

10. Provide support

RESOURCES

Supporting carers to care for our children resources and activities – has links to an extensive range of material

Winangay Resources: stronger ways with Aboriginal children and families Declaration of human rights – children’s edition – presented in a child friendly format

Stop it now has a range of tip sheets, training and topical information to prevent, identify warning signs, respond and report abuse.

The NSW Government’s Office of the Children’s Guardian’s resources in SAFE Series Books and Workshops The book series contains a set of four books containing protective behaviour messages for children 2-6 years old. The books support the rights of children and promote them having a voice.

Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet Family Wellbeing Program

RESEARCH PAPERS

Family relationships and the disclosure of institutional child sexual abuse

Help-seeking needs and gaps for preventing child sexual abuse

Service and support needs of specific population groups that have experienced child sexual abuse

Principles of Trauma-informed approaches to child sexual abuse: A discussion paper

Restorative justice following child sexual abuse or comparable harms

REPORTS

Report of the Board of Inquiry into the child protection system in the Northern Territory 2010

The Elders’ Report into Preventing Indigenous Self-harm and Youth Suicide

11. Comprehensive investigation and reporting

LEGISLATIVE REQUIREMENTS

Mandatory reporting of child abuse and neglect

Contact details for each state and territory

RESEARCH PAPERS

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

Mandatory reporting laws for child sexual abuse in Australia: A legislative history

Hear no evil, see no evil: Understanding failure to identify and report child sexual abuse in institutional contexts

Scoping study for research into prevalence of child abuse in Australia

The impact of delayed reporting on the prosecution and outcomes of child sexual abuse cases

12. Keep good records

LEGISLATIVE REQUIREMENTS

The Privacy Act 1998 (Cth)

RESEARCH PAPERS

Confidentiality provisions

Legislative and related frameworks for information sharing

An evaluation of how evidence is elicited from complainants of child sexual abuse

13. Review

RESOURCES

Developing a culture of evaluation and research

Research and evaluation basics

14. Additional Key Documents

Grooming

RESEARCH PAPERS

Grooming and child sexual abuse in institutional contexts

BEHAVIOUR MANAGEMENT

RESOURCES

Top 10 behaviour management strategies

RESEARCH PAPERS

Corporal punishment: Key issues – includes Current Australian law regarding the use of corporal punishment by parents and in early education and child care settings, schools and in alternative care settings

Bullying

RESOURCES

Children who bully at school article

Bullying: practice resources

Cyberbullying

RESOURCES

The facts

Parental involvement in preventing and responding to cyberbullying

Children with sexualised behaviours, problematic sexual behaviour

RESEARCH PAPERS

Therapeutic treatment of children with problem or harmful sexual behaviours

Young people who sexually abuse: Key issues

Age of consent laws

Children with sexualised behaviours need support, not silence and stigma

Royal Commission case studies

Royal Commission research