Help-Seeking and Primary Prevention Research Project

Investigators:

Vicky Saunders, Prof Morag McArthur

Funding Source:

Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

Aim:

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.

For more information, contact Vicky Saunders.