Responding to disclosures of child abuse and neglect

Responding to disclosures of child abuse and neglect

Karen Broadley

This webinar provided an overview of recent research on how to support and respond to children's disclosures of abuse and neglect.

Responding to disclosures of child abuse and neglect

This webinar was held on 20 June 2018.

A full recording of this webinar is available on our YouTube Channel.

The audio, transcript and presentation slides are available under Event Resources on this page.

A list of resources related to this topic is available on our post-webinar forum.

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and other recent research has identified a range of factors that can either hinder or support children’s disclosures of abuse or neglect. One of the major findings of the Royal Commission was that many survivors of abuse confronted significant barriers to disclosing their experiences of abuse, including feelings of shame and not having anyone to disclose to.

In response to these findings, it is important to understand:

  • how to recognise the signs and indicators of abuse and neglect
  • how, when and to whom children and young people are likely to disclose
  • how to respond well to children’s and young people’s disclosures of abuse and neglect
  • the main barriers and enablers of disclosure
  • some of the practical challenges associated with reporting child abuse and neglect to the authorities and how to address them.

This webinar summarised recent research on how professionals working with children and young people can create environments that support, and respond well to, children’s and young people’s disclosures of abuse or neglect. It also discussed the various barriers to reporting child abuse and neglect and outlined potential strategies to address them.

About the presenters

Karen Broadley

Karen is a Senior Research Officer with the Child Family Community Australia information exchange based at the Australian Institute of Family Studies. Karen has more than 20 years’ experience working in the field of youth work, child and family welfare, and statutory child protection services. This has included a number of roles within the Victorian statutory child protection system, including leadership positions.

Karen has sole-authored and co-authored a number of journal articles, book chapters, and reports, all focusing on the topic of child protection and child safety. They include a critique of the public health model as it is applied to child protection, risk assessment of sex offenders, intervening to protect children from cumulative harm, children’s participation in child protection decision-making, and child protection workers decision-making.