Implementation of recommendations arising from previous inquiries of relevance to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

Parenting Research Centre

May 2015

ISBN 978-1-925289-11-4

Executive Summary

Scope and purpose of this report

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse is required to inquire into where systems have failed to protect children, and how to improve laws, policies and practices to prevent and improve responses to child sexual abuse in institutions.

The Letters Patent direct the Royal Commission to avoid unnecessary duplication and consider the adequacy of changed law, policy, practices and systems over time. The Parenting Research Centre (PRC) was commissioned to evaluate the extent to which 288 recommendations from 67 inquiries selected by the Royal Commission had been implemented, and the possible factors that determined, contributed to, or were barriers to successful implementation.

The research aimed to answer three questions:

  • To what extent were previous inquiry recommendations, nominated by the Royal Commission, implemented?

  • What were the factors that determined or contributed to, or were barriers to, the successful implementation of recommendations?

  • Was there any relationship between these factors?

The project had three components: a scoping review of the methods of previous implementation evaluations, methodology design and the research itself. An exploration of the impact, or effectiveness, of the implementation of recommendations was beyond the scope of this project.

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