Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

Over the five years of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse from 2013 to 2017, the Commissioners heard the stories of thousands of people who experienced sexual abuse as children in institutional settings from schools to sporting groups across Australia over decades.

Australian Government Response

On 13 June 2018, the Australian Government released its response to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

The response acknowledges the courage of the survivors and victims of institutional child sexual abuse, their families and supporters as well as the work of the Royal Commission in helping to create changes to ensure children are protected from child abuse in all institutions now and in the future.

Of the 409 recommendations, 122 were directed in whole or part to the Australian Government. The Australian Government has accepted or accepted in principle 104 of these. The Home Affairs Portfolio is the lead agency for implementing 71 recommendations which includes a number of recommendations currently being progressed by the AFP.

On 14 December 2018, the Australian Government tabled its first Annual Progress Report: Implementation of the Recommendations of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. The report outlines the Australian Government’s progress in implementing recommendations of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

On 13 December 2019, the Australian Government tabled its second Annual Progress Report: Implementation of the Recommendations of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse which highlights the work undertaken across Australia during 2019 and into the future.

The AFP is leading the Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation (ACCCE) which brings together a world-leading approach, incorporating key stakeholders and partners to drive a collaborative effort to counter the global epidemic of child exploitation. The work of the ACCCE complements initiatives across the broader AFP to combat child sexual abuse and create a safer environment for children.

National Redress Scheme for people who have experienced institutional child sexual abuse

The National Redress Scheme (the Scheme) provides acknowledgement and support to people who experienced institutional child sexual abuse. It was created in response to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (the Royal Commission), which estimated that 60,000 people experienced institutional child sexual abuse in Australia.

For more information, visit the National Redress Scheme website or call the National Redress Scheme line on 1800 737 377.

National Principles for Child Safe Organisations

The National Principles for Child Safe Organisations (National Principles) give effect to recommendations of the Royal Commission relating to the child safe standards and provide guidance on key actions and performance measures in implementing the standards.

The National Principles provide a nationally consistent approach to cultivating organisational cultures and practices that foster child safety and wellbeing across all sectors in Australia and are designed to build capacity and deliver child safety and wellbeing in organisations, families and communities and prevent future harm.

The National Principles form the basis for the Commonwealth Child Safe Framework, a whole-of-government policy that sets minimum standards for creating and embedding a child safe culture and practice in Commonwealth agencies.

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The Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation

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