New guidance for reporting on child sexual abuse

The National Centre and its Survivor-Led College members recently took part in consultations to develop evidence‑based guidance for media professionals who are reporting on child sexual abuse, and for victims and survivors who are engaging with the media. These significant publications were produced by the National Office for Child Safety (NOCS) and the University of Canberra News and Media Research Centre.

The key aim of these resources is to promote reporting that raises community awareness of child sexual abuse, reduces stigma, and empowers victims and survivors when they share their personal experiences with the media. The guidance for media is accompanied by quick reference guides for editors and sub-editors, court reporters, and about appropriate language and terminology to use.

Speaking on behalf of the National Centre, CEO Dr Leanne Beagley said:

“We are proud to have been part of the consultation process and congratulate the team at NOCS and the University of Canberra for this important and substantive work. We encourage victims and survivors themselves to explore the guides which provide important information on the rights of victims and survivors in telling their stories. This is YOUR story.”

To read the guides and other resources, visit


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