Children and Parents

In 2016, the Australian Bureau of Statistics conducted the Personal Safety Survey, which identified that 7.7% of Australia's adult population,  1.4 million Australian adults, had experienced childhood sexual assault (ABS, 2019). There is a range of support services who specialise in childhood sexual assault, and have a range of resources to inform yourself about this significant social issue in Australia. black and white image of child wearing a hooded jumper with bunny ears attached with their hands covering their face

  • Bravehearts is a national child protection agency with a focus on protecting children from abuse and sexual assault. The organisation supports with information and community education, counselling, advocacy, lobbying and reform, and research.
  • You can read more information about myths and facts about childhood sexual assault here.
  • They also provide resources for parents, which is a helpful resource that can be found here.
  • The CASA Forum (Victorian Centres Against Sexual Assault) is a similar organisation to QSAN for Victorian Sexual Assault services committed to addressing the social inequalities that perpetuate sexual violence in our communities.
  • The site hosts various resources around childhood sexual assault which can all be found here.
  • Our member service, Living Well, also features some great information about childhood sexual assault which can be found on their site here.
  • Member service, Centre Against Sexual Violence (CASV) has created a series of resources on grooming. the resources unpack what is sexual grooming, the stages of grooming, recognising the signs of grooming, explaining why children don't disclose, and how to protect a child. You can read these resources on their website by clicking here.
  • For a further directory of other childhood sexual assault services in Queensland, please click here to go to the Queensland Government's support services directory.

A major event for the human services sector and survivors of childhood abuse was the publication of the findings from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses into Child Sexual Abuse. In response to the finding of this report, the Australian Government announced the National Redress Scheme, which is designed to acknowledge the many children who were sexually abused by institutions, provide these survivors monetary support and access to support such as counselling and psychology, and hold institutions accountable for the abuse that has occurred. For more information about the National Redress Scheme, you can visit the website here, or you can contact support organisations providing support to access the redress scheme. For the list of all Queensland support organisations, please click here.