Active Research

The more I talk, the stronger I get: unlocking our past to free our future

    • Needs of victims and survivors
    • Response to child sexual abuse
    • Understanding child sexual abuse
Research Topic areas 
  • Community awareness
  • Government & policy responses
  • Institutional abuse
  • Out-of-home care
  • Regional, rural & remote
  • Therapeutic responses
Project Duration
Start: July 2023
End: July 2026
Geographical Scope
Victims and survivorsGeneral communityFirst Nations community members
Young adults (18-25 years)Adults (25-65 years)Older adults (>65 years)
All genders

Project Lead

Dr Tiffany McComsey, Kinchela Boys Home Aboriginal Corporation
Uncle Michael Welsh, Kinchela Boys Home Aboriginal Corporation

Project Team

Richard Campbell, Kinchela Boys Home Aboriginal Corporation


This project is a Stolen Generations Survivor and community-led project that will utilise Kinchela Boys Home Aboriginal Corporation’s unique survivor-led governance model and practice framework to explore the legacies of institutional child sexual abuse that occurred at Kinchela.


This project will examine the intergenerational legacies of those abuses on descendants and families, the child sexual abuse experiences of descendants and the development of survivor-led responses to these experiences. This project has implications not only for healing within the Kinchela community, but also across other First Nations communities, for First Nations survivors of institutional and non-institutional child sexual abuse.


This project will utilise an Aboriginal Participatory Action Research methodology across two phases – qualitative exploration of specific experiences of survivors and descendants, and co-creation development of a model of care. Purposeful sampling will engage members of the Kinchela Boys Home survivor community, their families and descendants, totalling 30-50 participants. Yarning circles and individual sessions will work in tandem to deliver on the project aims.

Significance and Dissemination

This project will contribute to ongoing efforts by survivors and descendants towards intergenerational healing, through community-based truth-telling and the co-creation of tailored, culturally-grounded models of care that promote community stories. In turn, policy and practice reform will be advocated for through strong relationships with relevant bodies at local, State, Territory and Commonwealth levels.

Further Details

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Funding body:
The National Centre for Action on Child Sexual Abuse
Funding budget:
$250,000 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 NSW AH&MRC 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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