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

Donald Palmer, in collaboration with Valerie Feldman and Gemma McKibbin

December 2016

ISBN 978-1-925289-92-3

Executive summary

This report analyses the role that organisational culture plays in child sexual abuse in institutional contexts. It specifically considers how organisational culture can affect the perpetration and detection of child sexual abuse and the responses to child sexual abuse in institutional contexts. The report also develops suggestions for addressing child sexual abuse in institutional contexts that are based on its analysis. These suggestions are geared towards reducing the incidence of child sexual abuse, detecting abuse earlier and improving the responses to abuse in institutional contexts.