Active Research

Enhancing the capacity of rural and regional respectful relationship educators

    • Needs of victims and survivors
    • Response to child sexual abuse
Research Topic areas 
  • Community awareness
  • Education
Project Duration
Start: June 2023
End: July 2025
Geographical Scope
Young adults (18-25 years)Adults (25-65 years)Older adults (>65 years)
All genders

Project Lead

Associate Professor Tim Moore, Institute of Child Protection Studies, Australian Catholic University

Project Team

Emeritus Professor Morag McArthur, Australian Catholic University
Dr Sebastian Trew, Institute of Child Protection Studies, Australian Catholic University


This collaborative project recognises the need to strengthen the capability of the targeted workforces engaging with children and young people who have experienced sexual violence. The overall aim is to reduce their vulnerability to further abuse.
It will build on findings from the Building Trauma-responsive Sexual Health and Relationship Education project.


Focusing on regional and rural workforces:
• training staff to deliver survivor-driven and trauma informed Respectful Relationships Education to children and young people
• equipping staff to engage in effective planned/opportunistic conversation about respectful relationships, within therapeutic practice or role as trusted adult


The project will include research activities to inform the development of trauma-informed RRE and evaluation tools to assess the ways in which developed resources influence workers’ skills, knowledge and confidence. Methods include:
• review of the literature on parental engagement in Respectful Relationship Education
• focus groups with new and experienced respectful relationship educators
• survey of staff skills, knowledge and confidence in facilitating trauma-informed RRE

Significance and Dissemination

Strengthen community networks in regional and rural workforces.

Further Details

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Funding body:
NSW Department of Communities & Justice
Australian Human Research Ethics Committee:
This project is subject to ethical oversight by the Australian Catholic University 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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