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Reshaping the Conversation: Development of a shared language and preferred definitions guide endorsed by victims and survivors of child sexual abuse

    • Needs of victims and survivors
    • Response to child sexual abuse
    • Understanding child sexual abuse
Research Topic areas 
  • Community awareness
  • Education
  • Government & policy responses
Project Duration
Start: November 2023
End: July 2024
Geographical Scope
Nation-wide
Populations
Victims and survivorsWorkforce
Young adults (18-25 years)Adults (25-65 years)Older adults (>65 years)
Gender
All genders

Project Lead

Professor Andrea de Silva, The National Centre for Action on Child Sexual Abuse
Dr Peter Kremer, The National Centre for Action on Child Sexual Abuse
Project lead email: research@nationalcentre.org.au

Project Team

Alexandra Shriane, The National Centre for Action on Child Sexual Abuse

Background

There is inconsistency in the language used when discussing child sexual abuse in Australia. As such, across contexts and organisations, variable terms and definitions are used, which may contribute to confusion and impair messaging. Further, it is unknown whether the language currently in use is appropriate and endorsed for use by victims and survivors of child sexual abuse.

Aims

This project aims to create a shared language and preferred definitions guide, endorsed by victims and survivors of child sexual abuse, that can be used by the National Centre and broader community, as well as in research, policy, practice and service delivery contexts.

Methods

This project incorporates two related phases of work: a co-design development phase, and a second phase incorporating a two-stage modified Delphi process.

Significance and Dissemination

It is anticipated that this project will develop Australia’s first victim and survivor-endorsed language and definitions guide for child sexual abuse. This guide will provide not only the National Centre with clear understanding of the language that victims and survivors prefer when discussing child sexual, but will also be able to inform practitioners, policymakers, researchers, and the wider community.

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
Australian Human Research Ethics Committee:
This project is subject to ethical oversight by Bellberry 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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