Jesuit Social Services welcomes the opportunity to respond to the eSafety Commissioner’s consultation on Draft Online Safety (Relevant Electronic Services – Class 1A and Class 1B Material) Industry Standard 2024.

In general, we support the proposed Standards and commend the eSafety Commissioner for proposing them. We believe that the right to protection from exploitation, violence and abuse, and the rights and best interests of children, are paramount.

This submission outlines our child sexual abuse prevention programs and responds to eight of the discussion questions posed in the Discussion paper (questions 1, 2, 4, 6, 7, 9 and 22). We comment on the components of a question in relation to which we have an informed view, which are not all components of a given question. Being a social change organisation that works to prevent child sexual abuse, including with actual and potential perpetrators, our submission focuses on the ways we believe the Standards can and should protect children from harm, and how they can help prevent harm to children. We do not comment on matters relating to implementation of the Standards by technology service providers or other similar issues.