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  • Date
    9 June 2022
  • Time
    9.00am - 5.00pm (AEST)

National Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Symposium

‘A focus on Secondary Prevention in partnership with victim-survivors’

9 June 2022 from 10am to 6pm (AEST) | An online event

Jesuit Social Services is pleased to invite you to a National Symposium on the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse. The free event, held in collaboration with the University of Melbourne, the University of New South Wales, University of the Sunshine Coast, Griffith University and advocate Sally Treeby will be held in a virtual format on 9 June, allowing for participation and involvement from delegates from around the world.

Drawing on the research and lived experience of both local and international experts, the Symposium will consider opportunities to enhance secondary prevention of child sexual abuse in Australia.

The day will include a series of keynotes and panel discussions, including conversations with victim-survivors to understand their perspectives on perpetrator-focused prevention. There will also be presentations on international prevention programs focused on adults with harmful sexual thoughts and behaviours as well as their non-offending partners, and insights into research around young people with harmful sexual thoughts and behaviours.

Speaker announcements

We are bringing together a group of panellists with national and international expertise to inform our discussion. We’re excited to announce the following people will be joining us.

  • Dr Jodi Death – Crime and Justice Research Centre, Queensland University of Technology
  • Lula Dembele – Ambassador, Bravehearts
  • Donald Findlater – Director, Stop It Now! UK and Ireland Helpline
  • Alison Geale – CEO, Bravehearts
  • Dr Danielle Harris – Deputy Director, Research of the Griffith Youth Forensic Service
  • Prof Daryl Higgins – Professor and Director, Institute of Child Protection Studies, Australian Catholic University
  • Anne Hollands – National Children’s Commissioner, Australian Human Rights Commission
  • Dr Emma A Jane – Associate Professor in the School of the Arts & Media, University of New South Wales
  • Rebekah Kilpatrick – Head, National Office for Child Safety, Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet
  • Prof Elizabeth Letourneau – Director, Moore Center for Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse
  • Dr Gemma McKibbin – Research Fellow in the Department of Social Work, University of Melbourne
  • Georgia Naldrett – Manager, Stop It Now!, Jesuit Social Services
  • Dr Susan Rayment-McHugh – Co-Leader, Sexual Violence Research and Prevention Unit, University of the Sunshine Coast
  • A/Prof Kelly Richards – Associate Professor, School of Justice, Queensland University of Technology
  • Carol Ronken – Director of Research, Bravehearts
  • Jon Rouse APM – Operations Manager, Australian Centre to Counter Child Exploitation
  • A/Prof Michael Salter – Scientia Associate Professor of Criminology, School of Social Sciences at UNSW
  • Dale Tolliday – Clinical Advisor, Children and Young People’s Sexual Safety Program, The Sydney Children’s Hospital’s Network.
  • Natalie Walker – CEO, PartnerSPEAK
  • Jenny Wing – Chair, Victorian Harmful Sexual Behaviour Network, and General Manager, Therapeutic Services (Vic and Tas), Australian Childhood Foundation

… with more to be announced soon!


When: 9 June 2022 – online (sessions will also be recorded and made available to all who register).

Program: Full-day of presentations, including keynote speakers and panel discussions. A full program will follow. Further details of confirmed speakers are accessible here.

Who should attend: We expect the program to be of interest to a broad range of delegates including policy makers, practitioners, academics, law enforcement, advocates and representatives from the private sector such as technology companies, as well as victim-survivors and others personally or professionally affected by child sexual abuse and harmful sexual behaviours.

Safety and Wellbeing: We are very mindful that the content of this Symposium can be distressing and, while we are not in a position to provide therapeutic support, we will have a number of safeguards and supports in place on the day.

We are continuing to work through these safeguards and support processes and will provide further information shortly. In the meantime, if you want to access support please find information regarding relevant support helplines here. Additional well-being activities and resources will be added closer to the event date.

This event is made possible in part by The Creswick Foundation and we thank them for their support of this important work.

If you have any questions about the Symposium or require further information, please contact events@jss.org.au.

We look forward to seeing you there.