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Help shape the vision for long-term, generational change.

by The National Centre on Thursday, November 3, 2022

On 21 October 2022, The National Centre for Action on Child Sexual Abuse launched the Draft-five Year Strategy.

The Draft Strategy represents the start of a journey to transform the way that child sexual abuse is understood and responded to in Australia. It describes a collective ambition in which we all work together to:

  • Empower, educate and enable families, communities and service providers to better meet the needs of victims and survivors of child sexual abuse across their life course; and,
  • Inspire community, policy and practice change to stop child sexual abuse from occurring.

To signal the significance of the strategy, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese announced its launch in a speech to the House of Representatives that commemorated the fourth anniversary of the National Apology to Victims and Survivors of Institutional Child Sexual Abuse.

“The National Centre for Action on Child Sexual Abuse’s draft five-year strategy is open for public consultation until 13 January next year, giving everyone a say on the priority work of the national centre, to shape the vision for long-term, generational change.” – Prime Minister Anthony Albanese

We know that we cannot achieve our plans without collaborating with the many national, state and local initiatives and plans in the making or already underway. For that reason, the National Centre is seeking additional feedback from victims and survivors, service providers, policy makers and researchers, and the broader community to refine the focus and impact of the strategy.

There are multiple ways that you can provide feedback on the Draft Five-year Strategy. You can download the strategy here and provide your feedback either via email or through an anonymous survey that has been set up. The feedback process ends on the 13th of January 2023.

Pictured celebrating the launch is: Fiona Cornforth – Board Member, The National Centre, Alisa Hall – Director, Practice and Engagement, The National Centre, Janise Mitchell – Board Member, The National Centre, Joe Tucci – Chair, The National Centre, Belinda Johnson – Board Member, The National Centre, Honourable Amanda Rishworth MP, Minister for Social Services, Dr Cathy Kezelman, Deputy Chair, The National Centre and Scott Thompson, Director Corporate Services, The National Centre.

The full speech from Prime Minister Anthony Albanese is available here.

The National Centre for Action on Child Sexual Abuse (the National Centre) is an independent, not-for-profit organisation established to increase understanding of child sexual abuse, promote effective ways for protecting children, guide best practice responses and pathways to healing for survivors, and reduce the harm it causes. To find out more about our work or to contact us directly, please click here.

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