This theme includes the sub-themes of primary prevention and preventing recidivism. Research projects under this theme explore the following questions: 

  • How is child sexual abuse within an institutional context best prevented?

  • How do we decrease child vulnerability, prevent potential perpetrators from committing a first offence, prevent re-offending, treat offenders, make organisations more ‘child safe’, close systemic loopholes, and change community attitudes that enable child sexual abuse to occur?

  • What programs and strategies have been found to be effective in preventing child sexual abuse?

  • What is the logic that underpins common preventative strategies (eg protective behaviours)?


Project name

Conducting agency

Employment screening: legislation and prohibited employment schemes for each Australian state and territory

Conducted by the Australian Institute of Family Studies

Scoping review: Efficacy of pre-employment screening

Conducted by the Parenting Research Centre

Child sexual abuse prevention programs for pre-schoolers: A synthesis of current evidence

Conducted by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

Key elements of child safe organisations: Research study

Conducted by the Parenting Research Centre

Grooming and child sexual abuse in institutional contexts

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

Help-seeking needs and gaps for preventing child sexual abuse

Conducted by Institute of Child Protection Studies, Australian Catholic University