Welcome to our Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse page. Here you will find information about our Starting Point Helpline, support services, and details of our response to the Royal Commission - all of which we hope will assist you to better understand the commission findings, its impact, and how as a survivor, family member, or concerned member of the public you can process and navigate its outcomes.
The Royal Commission has completed its inquiry into how institutions and organisations with a responsibility for children have managed and responded to allegations and instances of child sexual abuse and related matters.
The ‘Starting Point Helpline’ is a support service that has and still enables you to tell your story – even though the Royal Commission is now complete. The Starting Point Helpline provides safe and anonymous support for survivors of childhood sexual abuse who may never have spoken about their abuse. It is here to help anyone who may have been affected by the process or findings of the Royal Commission. There are a wide range of support services available to adult survivors of child sexual abuse. If you are unsure of who to speak to, or what you should do, call the free, anonymous Starting Point Helpline on 1800 99 10 99.
The Royal Commission has a range of materials to support people who have taken part in the inquiry or just want to know more. Information has been provided in easy to read formats – there are resources for Indigenous Australians, Disability and Youth – allowing us to support the most vulnerable people who may not have a voice. This section provides a list, and offers some advice for those who are interested in learning more.
At Child Wise, we are committed to the prevention of institutional and organisational child abuse. We shared our expertise in creating child safe organisations and communities by providing recommendations to the Commissioners as they investigated where systems failed to protect children. Our CEO Katherine Levi also gave evidence as part of the Commission process. We are also working with organisations through our Child Safer Certification Program to improve the safety and wellbeing of children and young people within organisations.