Good practice in delivering and evaluating interventions for young people with harmful sexual behaviours

Current project

This project aims to foster a shared understanding about effective approaches in responding to young people with harmful sexual behaviours.

Background

This project coincides with several significant inquiries and reform agendas that have resulted in changes to the service and policy contexts in which services for young people with harmful sexual behaviours (HSBs) operate:

  • The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (2013-17)
  • Reform agendas to address family violence
  • Reform agendas to address child safety and child protection.

Part of the Royal Commission's inquiry focused on children and young people who engaged in HSBs in institutional settings. This heightened focus on young people with HSBs has led to developments across child protection, police, education, policy and the services sector to better respond to the cohort of children and young people who have displayed these behaviours.

About the project

AIFS has been commissioned by the Australian National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety (ANROWS), to conduct the Good practice in delivering and evaluating interventions for young people with harmful sexual behaviours (HSBs) project.

This project is designed to build on the existing empirical work carried out by AIFS and Deakin University about the characteristics of effective approaches in responding to young people with HSBs.  Specifically, the project aims to:

  • map the current service responses for young people with HSBs
  • evaluate three service models across Australia
  • develop a detailed understanding of effective interventions and the contextual factors affecting implementation.

The study involves:

  • a review of the current literature
  • an online survey of key service providers and practitioners
  • a desktop review of services available in Australia for young people with HSBs
  • individual and focus group interviews with service providers and practitioners in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.

Findings from the study will help to identify the range of factors and conditions that influence best practice in responding to and evaluating services for young people with HSBs.

If you would like further information about the study please contact the research team:

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Duration

2017-2019

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