Conference to explore best ways to keep children safe

Dr Robyn Miller (MacKillop Family Services)

Following the royal commission into child sexual abuse, a national conference in Melbourne today will focus on strategies to keep children safe. Source: MacKillop Family Services.

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse undertook the most extensive investigation of child sexual abuse in Australia’s history, and has been widely praised for the compassion with which it engaged survivors and the depth and breadth of its recommendations.

While the commission made it clear the prevention and identification of abuse is a collective responsibility, there is a particular onus on organisations that work with vulnerable children, young people and families to implement the recommendations of the commission.

MacKillop Family Services will host the Child Safe Organisations: Prevention and Practice Beyond the Royal Commission conference at the MCG today.

Bringing together managers and practitioners in child and family welfare, educators, researchers and policy-makers, the conference will provide an opportunity to reflect on the commission, explore evidence-based strategies to prevent child sexual abuse and investigate cutting edge approaches to child-safe practice.

MacKillop Family Services chief Robyn Miller said the sector needs to share best-practice approaches to keeping children safe.

“Now the royal commission is complete, it is critical the lessons learned do not fade with time,” Dr Miller said. “The final report is particularly relevant to all agencies with children in their care and it has far reaching implications across multiple sectors in our society. Creating a space where practitioners can share experience and knowledge on evidence-based practice is a crucial first response to the findings of the commission.”

Keynote speakers include commissioner Robert Fitzgerald, who will speak to the key learnings from five years at the royal commission, and Professor Anne Graham, Professor Childhood Studies, Southern Cross University and author of Seasons for Growth, who will discuss how children process loss and grief, and how adults need to respond.


Child Safe Organisations – MacKillop conference shares best practice strategies to keep children safe (MacKillop Family Services)

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