The aim of the National Centre’s Research Plan is to build an accessible and robust evidence base that contributes to addressing our seven key challenges and supports our organisational goals.

To achieve this, we will pursue four interrelated objectives:

Objective 1:
Keep up to date with evidence
Objective 2:
Undertake and commission high quality research and evaluations
Objective 3:
Support the adoption of continuous improvement practices
Objective 4:
Support effective dissemination and translation of evidence and research findings

All research conducted or commissioned by the National Centre will be guided by five key principles.

Our research will be:

  1. Participatory and collaborative
  2. Development, trauma and healing informed
  3. Inclusive and culturally-safe
  4. Rigorous and ethical
  5. Relevant and translational

The National Centre adopts a broad definition of research to include all systematic investigations undertaken to gain knowledge and understanding, including evaluations and quality improvement activities.

Evaluation refers to the systematic collection and analysis of qualitative and/or quantitative information to assess the effectiveness, efficiency and/or appropriateness of an activity or the implementation of an activity. Quality assurance or improvement is an activity that seeks to monitor or improve the quality of a service.

Commissioned research

Research projects commissioned by the National Centre are identified through a competitive funding round that consist of:

  • widely disseminated request for applications
  • a range of short and longer-term projects aligned with the National Centre’s priorities
  • merit based selection by independent multi-disciplinary peer assessment panel(s) against specific selection criteria.

In accordance with the National Centre’s commitment to funding projects that go beyond the creation of new knowledge to include the implementation of practice improvement, capability building and the development of partnerships that can drive change, the open competitive grants rounds consist of two streams: research and quality improvement.

Current grants

The National Centre is pleased to announce the following successful grant recipients for our 2022 competitive grants round. Overall, a total of $2.99M has been awarded, supporting the National Centre’s vision of a community in which children are safe, and victims and survivors of child sexual abuse across the lifespan are supported to heal and recover.
Commissioned research

Creating safer futures: raising public awareness of child sexual abuse among young adults through digital storytelling

Commissioned research

Survivor perspectives on institutional use of child sexual abuse material

Commissioned research

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

Commissioned research

Delivering trauma-informed support for child sexual abuse victims in Victoria: mapping the knowledge gaps and training needs of the specialist sectors

Commissioned research

Online child sexual victimisation and associated mental health outcomes

Commissioned research

Differentiating adverse childhood experiences profiles of male youths who exhibit harmful sexual behaviours

Commissioned research

CHANGE – curtailing harm and navigating growth: evidence for change pathways of young people who have engaged in harmful sexual behaviour

Commissioned research

Improving legal, policy and practice responses to the intersection of domestic violence perpetration and child sexual abuse offending

Commissioned research

Into the war zone: disclosure and disbelief in the Family Court

2022 Grants Round Peer Assessors

In-house research

In addition to commissioning research, the National Centre undertakes in-house research. Our current slate includes studies in community attitudes and harmful sexual behaviours.
In-house research

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

In-house research

Building a knowledge frame for responding to the needs of children and young people who have engaged in harmful sexual behaviour

In-house research

The Australian child sexual abuse attitudes, knowledge and response study

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