Research projects under this theme explore the following questions:

  • What prevents or facilitates the identification of victims of child sexual abuse within institutions?

  • What are the signs?

  • How might children attempt to draw attention to their plight through their words and behaviours?

  • What contributes to the missing of opportunities for identification?

  • What prevents the identification and reporting of suspected child sexual abuse?

  • How do we facilitate suspected child sexual abuse being referred to a government statutory authority for formal response/investigation?

Project name Conducting agency

Mandatory reporting fact sheet

Conducted by the Australian Institute of Family Studies

Mandatory reporting laws for child sexual abuse in Australia: A legislative history

Conducted by Queensland University of Technology

Hear no evil, see no evil: Understanding failure to identify and report child sexual abuse in institutional contexts

Conducted by Professor Eileen Munro and Dr Sheila Fish


Scoping study for research into the prevalence of child abuse in Australia

Conducted by Social Policy Research Centre, Australian Institute of Family Studies, Queensland University of Technology, Australian Centre for Child Protection

Grooming and child sexual abuse in institutional contexts

Conducted by Professor Patrick O'Leary, Emma Koh and Andrew Dare