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National Office for Child Safety

One Talk at a Time

One Talk at a Time

Conversations with children, young people and other adults have the power to prevent child sexual abuse.

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About the campaign

'One Talk at a Time' aims to help prevent child sexual abuse by encouraging adults to learn about the issue and have ongoing, proactive, preventative conversations with children, young people and other adults.

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Get the facts

This fact sheet provides information and statistics to learn more about child sexual abuse. It helps to dispel common myths and misconceptions, and help people understand the role they can play in protecting children and young people.

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What we do

What we do

The National Office for Child Safety (NOCS) leads the development and implementation of national priorities to protect children and young people from child sexual abuse, and support victims and survivors.

What we do

Impact of child sexual abuse

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual
 Abuse (Royal Commission) uncovered the hidden nature, complex causes and significant impacts of child sexual abuse in institutions in Australia. During the Royal Commission's private sessions, victims and survivors reported 3 main impacts of institutional child sexual abuse:

95 %

Mental health

67 %

Relationships

56 %

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National Strategy to Prevent and Respond to Child Sexual Abuse 2021-2030

The National Strategy provides a nationally coordinated, strategic framework for preventing and responding to child sexual abuse. It seeks to reduce the risk, extent and impact of child sexual abuse and related harms in Australia and considers child sexual abuse in all settings, including within families, online and within organisations.
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Royal Commission

Royal Commission

For 5 years, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse inquired into how institutions with a responsibility for children managed and responded to allegations and instances of child sexual abuse. The Royal Commission’s 2017 final report made 409 recommendations to improve laws, policies and practices to prevent and better respond to child sexual abuse.  

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Latest updates

Draft consultation summaries on a national point of referral now available

We are seeking feedback from stakeholders on the draft consultation summaries for the design and delivery of a national point of referral to assist victims, survivors and the community looking for information and support.

Launch of standards for services responding to child sexual abuse

We engaged the Australian Centre for Child Protection at the University of South Australia to develop the national Minimum Practice Standards: Specialist and Community Support Services Responding to Child Sexual Abuse, which are now available.

Reporting on child sexual abuse – guidance for media and victims and survivors

We commissioned the University of Canberra News and Media Research Centre to develop evidence‑based media guides to encourage responsible reporting on child sexual abuse and support victims and survivors engaging with the media.

Child Safety Risk Management Resources – Now Available

The National Office for Child Safety developed a suite of risk resources to support organisations to understand how to appropriately manage child safety risks. These resources align with and support implementation of the National Principles for Child Safe Organisations.
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If you or a child are in immediate danger, call Triple Zero (000).

Information on reporting child safety concerns can be found on our Make a report page.

Get support

The information on this website may bring up strong feelings and questions for many people. There are many services available to assist you. A detailed list of support services is available on our Get support page.