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Newsletter - Partner News December 2020

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Day for Daniel reaches a record
The Daniel Morcombe Foundation has been busy in its work to prevent child sexual abuse with Australia’s largest day of action for child safety, Day for Daniel, taking place on 30 October.

Crime Stoppers helping keep children safe
As Australia’s pre-eminent information receiving service for people wanting to share what they know about unsolved crime and suspicious activity, Crime Stoppers is the trusted link between the community and police.

New offender intervention research
The University of Queensland (UQ) is one of the ACCCE’s key academic stakeholders. UQ Lecturer in Criminology Dr Jonah Rimer recently released a paper analysing a psychoeducational intervention for online child sexual abuse material offenders.

Grant to assist Kids Helpline’s capacity to help children
Yourtown has received a $900,000 scale grant through Westpac Group’s 2020 Impact Grants program to develop, pilot and evaluate a practice model that expands and enhances Kids Helpline’s capacity to respond to children and young people who have been or are at risk of sexual exploitation or abuse.

National Apology to Victims and Survivors of Institutional Child Sexual Abuse
On 22 October 2020, the Prime Minister commemorated the second anniversary of the National Apology to Victims and Survivors of Institutional Child Sexual Abuse.

National Memorial to Victim and Survivors of Institutional Child Sexual Abuse
As part of the October 2020-21 Federal Budget, the Australian Government announced funding to establish a National Memorial to Victim and Survivors of Institutional Child Sexual Abuse.

Updates to the Commonwealth Child Safe Framework
The Commonwealth Child Safe Framework (CCSF) was introduced across Australian Government entities in response to findings of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

Creating child safe organisations - workshops available
Children do best when we all understand our roles in creating organisations that are safe and nurturing for all children.

National Child Protection Week webinar recordings available 
The National Association for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect thanks everyone who contributed to making National Child Protection Week 2020 (6 - 12 September) an engaging and meaningful week. Recordings of the webinars are now available on NAPCAN’s website.

Playing IT Safe educator workshops
Playing IT Safe is a new resource for early childhood educators and parents that supports young children to begin developing an understanding of online safety.

Act for Kids launches Act for Kids Academy
Act for Kids has proudly launched Act for Kids Academy, a world-class evidence based training program designed to be completed by corporations and community organisations that work directly or indirectly with children.

PartnerSPEAK AGM
At its recent AGM, PartnerSPEAK heard from three key people who fight against child sexual abuse – Four Corners reporter Louise Milligan, Detective Inspector Jon Rouse from the ACCCE and the Hon. Peter Dutton MP.


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Top: Children undertake the Safety Hand activity for Day for Daniel Bottom: The panellists for the Changing Futures South Australia Forum

Day for Daniel reaches a record

The Daniel Morcombe Foundation has been busy in its work to prevent child sexual abuse with Australia’s largest day of action for child safety, Day for Daniel, taking place on 30 October. This year, a record number of nearly 5,000 schools and early learning centres participated in Day for Daniel, which educates and empowers children to recognise, react and report unsafe situations.

The Foundation is also working to strengthen children’s protective networks through the Changing Futures program. The three-year program builds the capacity of frontline professionals in preventing, identifying and treating children displaying harmful sexual behaviours. This year, the Foundation hosted a range of interactive online workshop presentations, forums and webinars across Australia, incorporating the expertise of therapeutic leaders, experts and scholars. More than 2,000 educators and frontline workers have engaged with the project, gaining valuable knowledge, practical advice and strategies and we anticipate 2021 to be just as successful.


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Crime Stoppers helping keep children safe

As Australia’s pre-eminent information receiving service for people wanting to share what they know about unsolved crime and suspicious activity, Crime Stoppers is the trusted link between the community and police.

The program allows people to share what they know disclosing their identity through a toll-free national hotline and online reporting portals. Crime Stoppers regularly receives information about child exploitation and online abuse materials and provides that information to AFP’s Child Protection Triage Unit.

Earlier this year Crime Stoppers partnered with the eSafety Commissioner to raise awareness about online child abuse, achieving significant media coverage and engaging 2.91 million people using social media. Of the 53 contacts in the 6-week campaign, 50 were of sufficient quality that investigative actions were issued to police.

Crime Stoppers encourages any agency or stakeholder include the URL – www.crimestoppers.com.au – on your website and make contact at office@crimestoppers.com.au to discuss how we can support your efforts.


New offender intervention research

The University of Queensland (UQ) is one of the ACCCE’s key academic stakeholders. UQ Lecturer in Criminology Dr Jonah Rimer recently released a paper analysing a psychoeducational intervention for online child sexual abuse material offenders. It is well worth a read:

Discipline as Prevention: Psychoeducational Strategies in Internet Sexual Offending Group Programs


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Grant to assist Kids Helpline’s capacity to help children

Yourtown has received a $900,000 Scale grant through Westpac Group’s 2020 Impact Grants program to develop, pilot and evaluate a practice model that expands and enhances Kids Helpline’s capacity to respond to children and young people who have been or are at risk of sexual exploitation or abuse. Children, young people, parents and carers will be involved in co-designing the model, which will be independently evaluated by the Australian Catholic University. The project includes a number of components, which aim to: raise community awareness of the issue; deliver focused modules to school children via Kids Helpline @ School; develop specialist capability in Kids Helpline’s 24/7 counselling service; deliver professionally guided peer-to-peer support, group counselling and education for parents/carers on our existing purpose-build social media platform; and facilitate a community of practice to build cross-sector knowledge and enhance practice, integration and innovation.


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National Apology to Victims and Survivors of Institutional Child Sexual Abuse

On 22 October 2020, the Prime Minister commemorated the second anniversary of the National Apology to Victims and Survivors of Institutional Child Sexual Abuse.

In his address to Parliament, the Prime Minister highlighted the work of the Australian Government in responding to recommendations made by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

This includes the steps taken to establish a National Memorial that will be built in the nation’s capital to ensure the voices of the victims and survivors are remembered and heard (more on this in the article below), as well as the ongoing implementation of the National Redress Scheme.

The Prime Minister also highlighted the achievements of the National Office of Child Safety over the last 12 months, including implementing the Commonwealth Child Safe Framework, ongoing development of a National Strategy to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse and engaging with a range of non-government institutions to encourage their reporting on actions taken to keep children safe.

The Prime Minister, said: “We can never promise a world where there are no abusers. But we can promise a country where we commit to hear and believe our children.”

The third Australian Government Annual Progress Report on actions in response to the Royal Commission was tabled in Parliament on 14 December 2020.


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National Memorial to Victim and Survivors of Institutional Child Sexual Abuse

As part of the October 2020-21 Federal Budget, the Australian Government announced funding to establish a National Memorial to Victim and Survivors of Institutional Child Sexual Abuse. Establishing the memorial was a recommendation from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. The Government accepted this recommendation in recognition of the widespread nature of institutional child sexual abuse and its lifelong impacts.

The Department of Social Services is now conducting a national online survey to inform the development and implementation of the National Memorial. People with lived experience of institutional and other forms of child sexual abuse are encouraged to share their views. The survey is anonymous and open to anyone to complete.

The consultation is open via DSS Engage from 9:00am AEDT on Monday 2 November 2020 until 11:59pm AEDT on Sunday 22 November 2020.


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Updates to the Commonwealth Child Safe Framework

The Commonwealth Child Safe Framework (CCSF) was introduced across Australian Government entities in response to findings of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. The CCSF sets minimum standards for Australian Government entities to create and maintain child safe behaviours and practices.

In early 2020, the National Office for Child Safety reviewed the progress of implementation of the CCSF across the Commonwealth. The review found that the CCSF has prompted participating Commonwealth entities to focus on, and commit to, improving their child safe policies and practices. It also identified opportunities for improvement and capacity building through the CCSF, including better transparency and accountability.

In light of this review and to help Commonwealth entities continue to keep children safe, an updated second edition of the CCSF and additional guidance will be published later this year.


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Creating child safe organisations - workshops available

Children do best when we all understand our roles in creating organisations that are safe and nurturing for all children.

In 2019, all Australian State, Territory and Federal Governments endorsed the National Principles for Child Safe Organisations to help keep all children safe. Since this time, many jurisdictions have taken further steps to protect children, by introducing new legislative and regulatory obligations for organisations.

Our job now is to make sure that everyone working with children understands what it means to be a child safe organisation and how to be proactive in implementing the National Principles. A great place to get started is the Australian Government’s Child Safe Organisations website.

The National Association for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (NAPCAN) also offers workshops, to help ensure that all staff understand their roles.

To find out more about Creating Child Safe Organisations workshops, visit NAPCAN’s website or contact contact@napcan.org.au.


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National Child Protection Week webinar recordings available

The National Association for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect thanks everyone who contributed to making National Child Protection Week 2020 (6 - 12 September) an engaging and meaningful week.

A major part of the week was the Putting Children First webinar series which featured more than 30 local, national and international inspiring speakers across five days.

Recordings of the webinars are now available on NAPCAN’s website. Topics covered include early childhood, children’s rights, transforming outcomes for first nations children, national child wellbeing projects, and the importance of neighbourhoods and community.

National Child Protection Week is an annual event starting on the first Sunday in September (Father’s Day). Save the dates for next year:  5-11 September 2021.


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Playing IT Safe educator workshops

Playing IT Safe is a new resource for early childhood educators and parents that supports young children to begin developing an understanding of online safety. Co-developed by the AFP, ACCCE, Alannah & Madeline Foundation and the eSafety Commissioner, this resource complements other programs run by the AFP such as ThinkUKnow.

Following the website’s launch in May this year, a series of online workshops were recently conducted with Early Childhood Australia to support the development of skills and knowledge in using Playing IT Safe in their early learning environment. Over 100 educators attended the sessions from around Australia and internationally, developing an understanding of the presence of digital technology and young children’s online experiences. Educators also learnt about the different ways that play-based approaches can be used to teach children concepts like passwords, consent and what the internet is. After putting their learnings into practice in the classroom with the Playing IT Safe resources, educators returned to the workshop space for reflective practice and to share their experiences. Feedback has been incorporated into an initial evaluation of the resource.

The sessions were recorded and are now available through Early Childhood Australia.


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Detective Inspector Jon Rouse APM joins the Act for Kids team to launch Act for Kids Academy

Act for Kids launches Act for Kids Academy

Act for Kids has proudly launched Act for Kids Academy, a world-class evidence based training program designed to be completed by corporations and community organisations that work directly or indirectly with children. We know childhood trauma can have lifelong health, social and behavioural consequences which is why it is everyone's responsibility to keep kids safe.

Act for Kids Ambassador Detective Inspector Jon Rouse APM from the ACCCE, said: "The launch of the academy will be another mechanism we have got to educate all members of society that they have a part to play in protection of our kids."

The Academy is an accessible, essential and affordable program delivered online, in person or via blended learning. The more employers that sign up, the more vulnerable children together we can help.

To learn more head to the website www.actforkidsacademy.com.au


PartnerSPEAK AGM

A key partner of the ACCCE, PartnerSPEAK is a non-profit that supports the innocent partners and children of the perpetrators of child sexual abuse. At its recent AGM, the organisation heard from three key people who fight against child sexual abuse – Four Corners reporter Louise Milligan, Detective Inspector Jon Rouse from the ACCCE and the Hon. Peter Dutton MP.

Minister Dutton highlighted that the ACCCE had received 21,000 CSAM child sexual abuse material reports in the last financial year and that this was a 50 percent increase on the year before. He noted that each seizure made contained between 10-80 thousand images.

He also acknowledged the bravery of those law enforcement officers fighting CSAM and described it as an “amazing calling that you have accepted”.

The Minister further noted that collaboration is “…at the heart of the ACCCE model we want to work not only with policing agencies in Australia and around the world and also with NGOs, with groups that are as passionate in this fight as we are.”

"We need to make sure that we work in a meaningful way, in a deeper way with the secondary victims [of CSAM] and I hope we can work closer in the future,” Minister Dutton said.

You can watch Minister Dutton’s and Louise Milligan's presentations here.


Contact the ACCCE

Only by working together can we combat the online exploitation of children.

If you think a child is in immediate danger call Triple Zero (000), Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000, or your local police.

Visit www.accce.gov.au/report for details on how to report crime.

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