Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse The National Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse started on 11 January 2013 and many hearings, specific research and targeted practice investigations have been undertaken with the detailed outcomes available on the Commission’s website. The first Interim Report was published on 30 June 2014. It consists of two volumes:

  • Volume 1 – a description of the work undertaken by the Royal Commission, the issues being examined and the work still needing to be done.
  • Volume 2 – a representative sample of 150 personal stories from people who shared their experience of abuse with the Royal Commission in private sessions. Real names have not been used.

The final report and recommendations of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse are due on 15 December 2017.

Senate, Community Affairs References Committee

The Senate, Community Affairs References Committee, of the Parliament of Australia published their Out of Home Care report on 19 August 2015. Child Protection Systems Royal Commission In South Australia we are awaiting the outcome of the Child Protection Systems Royal Commission. To date some 356 submissions have been made with a number of these publicly available. The Child Protection Systems Royal Commission is due to report on 31 May 2016. Parliament of South Australia The Parliament of South Australia tabled on 23 September 2015 an Interim Report from the Select Committee on Statutory Child Protection and Care in South Australia. Other relevant resources A guide to understanding the South Australian Child Protection system: Why are children removed? Dr Mary Salveron co-developed this resource for the Family Inclusion Network of South Australia and the Child and Family Welfare Association of South Australia. ‘Why are children removed?’ aims to help parents, their families and friends understand how and why certain things are done by Families SA and where help can be found for them. To download the booklet click here. Healthy Development Adelaide 11th annual OrationFor children’s sake! On 2 September 2015, HDA held its 11th annual Oration presented by Professor Fiona Arney, Director of the Australian Centre for Child Protection at the University of South Australia on For children’s sake! What we need to do to transform child protection systems in Australia. Professor Arney was presented with the Healthy development Adelaide Award for 2015. The event was held at Elder Hall and chaired by HDA Co-Convenor, Professor Michael Sawyer. To view the talk click here, to view the transcript click here.

The Australian Institute of Family Studies

  • Research Papers and Reports
  • Fact Sheets
  • Commissioned Reports

The Council for the Care of Children

  • Rights
  • Wellbeing
  • Publications and Reports

Office of the Guardian for Children and Young People

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  • Statistics

The Australian Research Alliance for Children & Youth
NAPCAN (National Association for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect)
The Healing Foundation is a national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisation with a focus on building culturally strong, community led healing solutions
WINANGAY Resources exists to find stronger ways with Aboriginal Kids and Families. NFPG no. 7
National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children Partnerships Group – Communique no. 7