The National Centre for Action on Child Sexual Abuse is pleased to release the findings of its Learning and Development Survey. A total of 1,398 people responded, with a broad range of workforces and organisations represented.
The findings provide rich insights as to what is most important for workers and organisations to provide timely and trauma-informed supports and services to children, young people and adults who have experienced child sexual abuse.
Key findings include:
- Only 9% of respondents indicated their tertiary studies adequately equipped them to do this work
- 68% of participants said culturally appropriate approaches to healing and trauma was their most critical learning need
- 22% reported they felt least confident in their ability to support families around the traumatic impacts of child sexual abuse
- 31% of participants reported having a lived or living experience of child sexual abuse.
The National Centre will use these findings to inform the workforce capability building strategies it will offer and partner with others on.
Speaking on the Report’s release, National Centre Director of Practice and Engagement Alisa Hall said:
“These responses provide critical wisdom from workers themselves about the knowledge and skills they need to better respond to and support children, young people and adults who have experienced child sexual abuse. It also sends a clear message that we must do more to help workers feel equipped for the different roles they play in protecting children, and supporting adults to recover and heal. The National Centre thanks the nearly 1,400 workers who responded to the survey. We look forward to working with victims and survivors, partners, and stakeholders as we offer learning activities and develop resources that will make a significant difference at a practical level.”
To read full the Report, download here.