Research projects under this theme explore the following questions:

  • Why do some individuals sexually abuse children?

  • What are their characteristics and motivations?

  • What are the known risk factors for perpetration?

  • How does child sexual abuse occur in institutions?

  • What are the causes, the barriers and the enablers in terms of victim characteristics and background, the physical and cultural environments of organisations, systemic loopholes and community attitudes?

  • Does the specific type (e.g. faith-based) or function (e.g. out-of-home care) of an institution impact the risk of child sexual abuse to children? Who perpetrates institutional child sexual abuse? Who are the victims of institutional child sexual abuse?

Project name Conducting agency

Child Exploitation Material in the Context of Institutional Child Sexual Abuse

Conducted by the University of Tasmania

Taking us seriously: children and young people talk about safety and institutional responses to their safety concerns

Conducted by the Institute of Child Protection Studies, Australian Catholic University

Feeling safe, being safe: What is important to children and young people with disability and high support needs about safety in institutional settings?

Conducted by Centre for Children and Young People, Southern Cross University

Our safety counts: children and young people’s perceptions of safety and institutional responses to their safety concerns Conducted by Institute of Child Protection Studies and Australian Catholic University
Evidence and frameworks for understanding perpetrators of institutional child sexual abuse Conducted by University of Adelaide
Risk profiles for institutional child sexual abuse Conducted by Professor Keith Kaufman and Marcus Erooga
Disability and child sexual abuse in institutional contexts Conducted by Professor Gwynnyth Llewellyn, Dr Sarah Wayland and Ms Gabrielle Hindmarsh

The role of organisational culture in child sexual abuse in institutional contexts

Conducted by Donald Palmer, in collaboration with Valerie Feldman and Gemma McKibbin

Safe and sound: Exploring the safety of young people in residential care

Conducted by Dr Tim Moore, Professor Morag McArthur, Steven Roche, Dr Jodi Death and Professor Clare Tilbury