The Royal Commission
On 15 December 2017 the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse presented its final report, the culmination of a five-year inquiry. The report, which is available here, presents the findings and recommendations of the Royal Commission and also documents the experiences of people affected by child sexual abuse.
CAPS fully supports the critically important investigative work that was undertaken by the Royal Commission and commends the inquiry for shining a much needed national spotlight on the scourge that is child abuse. CAPS also acknowledges the immense bravery of the hundreds of survivors who shared their stories of abuse with the Royal Commission to help create a safer future for our children.
The findings of the Royal Commission, particularly regarding the need for prevention education to increase children’s knowledge of and resiliency to abuse, confirmed the need for the programs that have long been delivered by CAPS.
CAPS also fully supports the national approach to child safety, the National Principles for Child Safe Organisations. The National Principles reflect ten child safe standards recommended by the Royal Commission and will ensure that all organisations working with children take appropriate measures to keep our most vulnerable members of society safe from abuse and maltreatment.
CAPS contributed to the development of the National Principles by attending the National Office for Child Safety Co-Design Workshop in March 2019. At this workshop CAPS provided expert advice on the implementation of the principles and gave recommendations for future action in relation to the prevention of child sexual abuse.
CAPS looks forward to working with the Australian Government, state and territory governments, and childcare organisations everywhere to support the implementation of the National Principles and the other recommendations of the Royal Commission.