Research projects under this theme explore the following questions:

  • What is best practice in organisational responses to child sexual abuse by persons affiliated with that organisation, or that occurred while the organisation had a duty of care to the child?

  • Has the nature of institutional responses to alleged child sexual abuse varied across different organisation types (e.g. faith-based) or functions (e.g., out-of-home care) of an institution impact the risk of child sexual abuse to children? What are the factors that contribute to victim satisfaction/ dissatisfaction with the organisational response?

  • What is best practice in compensation and redress?

  • What is required to enable a victim to access their records? In what ways can/should organisations hold perpetrators to account?

Project name Conducting agency

History of child protection legislation

Conducted by Australian Catholic University

History of institutions providing out-of-home residential care for children

History of Australian inquiries reviewing institutions providing care for children


A national comparison of carer screening, assessment, selection and training and support in foster, kinship and residential care

Conducted by  Murray Benton, Rohan Pigott, Megan Price, Patrick Shepherdson and Dr Gail Winkworth