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Building trauma-responsive sexual health and relationship education

    • Needs of victims and survivors
    • Response to child sexual abuse
Research Topic areas 
  • Education
  • Intersection with other violence/victimisation
Project Duration
Start: July 2023
End: October 2025
Geographical Scope
Nation-wide
Populations
Victims and survivorsGeneral communityWorkforce
Adolescents (13-17 years)Young adults (18-25 years)Adults (25-65 years)Older adults (>65 years)
Gender
All genders

Project Lead

Associate Professor Tim Moore, Australian Catholic University
Project lead email: tim.moore@acu.edu.au

Project Team

Associate Professor Jodi Death, Queensland University of Technology
Leesa Waters, National Association for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect
Rani Kumar, National Association for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect
Oliver White, National Association for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect

Background

Many young people tell us that relationship and sexual health education needs a re-think. This is particularly true for young people who have experienced maltreatment, for whom relationship and sexual health education can be particularly confusing, confronting and unresponsive to their needs.

Aims

This research project aims to understand what young people who have experienced maltreatment need and want from relationship and sexual health education and to co-design youth-informed and trauma-responsive principles, practices and tools for educators in universal and targeted settings.

Methods

This project will build on the international literature, captured through systematic reviews, include interviews with 15 young people who have experienced childhood maltreatment and co-design workshops with a group of 30 stakeholders, including young people, educators, researchers and adult survivors. A survey will gain feedback from key stakeholders about the value and useability of the proposed resources.

Significance and Dissemination

This project aims to improve the safety and trauma-responsiveness of relationship and sexual health education and provide invaluable guidance to educators on how to meet young people’s needs. Young people who have experienced childhood maltreatment will be active partners and co-designers and help shape what we do, how we do it and the resources that are developed.

Further Details

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Funding body:
The National Centre for Action on Child Sexual Abuse
Funding budget:
$228,544 grant
Monitoring and governance:
This project is guided by oversight of the Project Advisory Group
Australian Human Research Ethics Committee:
This project is subject to ethical oversight by the Australian Catholic University Human Research Ethics Committee (ratified by the Queensland University of Technology Human Research Ethics Committee)
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
Response to child sexual abuse

Effect of multi-agency deliberation on perceptions of risk in responses to child abuse and neglect

James Herbert
Centre for Social Impact - UWA

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