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An environmental scan of Child Sexual Abuse related workforce training offerings in Australia

    • Response to child sexual abuse
    • Disclosure of child sexual abuse
    • Identification of child sexual abuse
    • Needs of victims and survivors
    • Prevention of child sexual abuse
    • Understanding child sexual abuse
Research Topic areas 
  • Child sexual exploitation
  • Drivers of child sexual abuse
  • Education
  • Harmful sexual behaviours
  • Institutional abuse
  • Online abuse
  • Prevalence
  • Therapeutic responses
Project Duration
Start: October 2023
End: June 2026
Geographical Scope
Young adults (18-25 years)Adults (25-65 years)Older adults (>65 years)
All genders

Project Lead

Professor Andrea de Silva, The National Centre for Action on Child Sexual Abuse
Dr Natalia Krzyzniak, The National Centre for Action on Child Sexual Abuse
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Project Team

Alisa Hall, The National Centre for Action on Child Sexual Abuse


The National Centre for Action on Child Sexual Abuse (the National Centre) was established to raise awareness and understanding of child sexual abuse, support help-seeking and guide best practice.

As part of its remit the National Centre works to build the capability of workforces through usable resources, promoting best practice, and providing education and training. This workforce capability agenda is underpinned by four interrelated strategic objectives and related priorities. The fourth strategic objective is to Understand need and context and underpins the purpose of this research project.


This project will complete an environmental scan of nationally available child sexual abuse related professional development offerings to 1. assess learning activities currently offered and 2. Identify consequent gaps in workforce development.


An initial environmental scan of national child sexual abuse and harmful sexual behaviour professional development offerings with consideration of:
– A range of professional development and training methods and activities
– The availability of training within the Australian landscape
– Whether the identified activity was accredited or unaccredited
– How the training or professional development activity was developed (by whom, evidence informed, quality measured)
– Overlapping, unique and identified gaps in the learning landscape
– Online and offline child sexual abuse contexts

A scan will be performed every 6-12 months to update the findings and maintain a current register of workforce training offerings.

Significance and Dissemination

Findings from the scan will be available on the National Centre website and will:
– Inform practitioners and organisations of current and relevant professional development and training activities
– Identify gaps or overlaps in the training landscape and market
– Inform training responses required to address identified gaps.

Undertaking the scan on a regular basis will allow new offerings to be captured and demonstrate the responsiveness or lack of in the training landscape in regards to child sexual abuse and harmful sexual behaviour. This is a need identified by the National Centre to upskill the workforce in relation to child sexual abuse.

Further Details

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Monitoring and governance:
This project is guided by oversight of the National Centre for Action on Child Sexual Abuse
Response to child sexual abuse

Evaluation of the Multi-Agency Investigation & Support Team

James Herbert
Centre for Social Impact - University of South Australia
David O'Shaughnessy
University of Western Australia
Understanding child sexual abuse

Conceptualising and Estimating the Costs of Child Sexual Exploitation (Phase One of Australian Study into Economic Costs of Child Sexual Exploitation)

Jonah Rimer
The University of Queensland
Understanding child sexual abuse

The Australian child sexual abuse attitudes, knowledge and response study

Andrea de Silva
The National Centre for Action on Child Sexual Abuse

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