Help-Seeking and Primary Prevention Research Project
Vicky Saunders, Prof Morag McArthur
Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse
This project investigates the help-seeking behaviours, needs and potential service responses for a range of target groups who are concerned about potentially sexually harmful or sexually abusive behaviours. Specifically the research project aims to explore:
- The service needs and help-seeking behaviours of professionals, parents and community members concerned about the behaviour of an adult who is exhibiting potentially sexually harmful behaviour towards a child (including grooming, online behaviour and use of child pornography);
- The help-seeking needs and behaviours of professionals, parents and community members concerned about a child who is exhibiting, potentially sexual, harmful behaviour;
- The help-seeking needs and behaviours of individuals concerned that they may sexually harm or otherwise abuse a child;
- The functions and effectiveness of existing services tasked with responding to the needs of these target groups, including the knowledge, skills and abilities required of practitioners responding to target groups’ service needs.
Saunders, V., & McArthur, M. (2017). Help-seeking needs and gaps for preventing child sexual abuse. Institute of Child Protection Studies, Australian Catholic University. Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, Sydney.