Kathryn Mandla commenced as the inaugural Head of the National Office for Child Safety in July 2018. The National Office provides leadership in the development of national strategies to enhance children’s safety. Ms Mandla has been a senior executive in the Australian and Queensland governments responsible for child protection and family safety, and previously headed up Queensland’s Office for Women. Ms Mandla also chaired the OECD Working Party on Social Policy from 2016 to 2019.
Co-design of the National Strategy to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse (Policy Think Space)
The Australian Bureau of Statistics reports that 13,575 children and youth were the victims of sexual assault incidents reported to the police in 2017. This represents just over half (54.5 per cent) of all victims of sexual assault reported to the police during that year. Unfortunately, the true incidence of child sexual assault is likely to be much higher than this, as we do not know how many incidents of child sexual assault are unreported.
The Australian Government announced the establishment of the National Office for Child Safety on 13 June 2018 as part of the Government’s Response to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
The National Office for Child Safety focuses on recommendations from the Royal Commission and demonstrates the Government’s leadership and commitment to national reform to prevent abuse. This includes the development of a National Strategy to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse.
This Policy Think Space session will facilitate discussion and identify key considerations to inform the National Strategy to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse.
Some key questions to be explored during the session include:
• What are the most important actions we could take to prevent child sexual abuse?
• What services or initiatives does your community have that work well to prevent child sexual abuse or to help victims or survivors of child sexual abuse?
• What would a successful National Office for Child Safety look like?
• How can we continue to work with the community as we develop our key initiatives?