Evaluating a harmful sexual behaviour education program in a residential care setting
(funded by National Centre)
Melinda Clarke, Life Without Barriers
Cathy Webb, Life Without Barriers
Marina Dickson, Life Without Barriers
James Dalesio, Life Without Barriers
Background and Aim
This project aims to evaluate the outcomes of Life Without Barriers’ Understanding Harmful Sexual Behaviour education program in a residential care setting. The program’s goals are to increase understanding of, and capacity to identify and respond appropriately to, harmful sexual behaviour among children and young people in out-of-home-care.
The project will explore the effectiveness of the training program at impacting staff knowledge and behaviour. With the support of our academic partner, we will design a methodology drawing on survey, interviews, and examination of records, involving the participation of over 120 direct support staff in residential care teams, in six locations across Australia.
Young people in residential care are at higher risk of engaging in, and being impacted by, harmful sexual behaviour than the broader population. The capability of individuals and organisations to prevent and respond appropriately to harmful sexual behaviour is crucial to preventing and mitigating further trauma to children and young people in residential care.
- Children & young people ,
- Education ,
- Harmful sexual behaviours ,
- Out-of-home care ,