NSW government committed to strengthening the child protection workforce

31 May 2017

Child protection workers now have access to a world-first resource that provides advice and resources for responding to victims of child sexual abuse after the NSW Government today launched See, Understand and Respond to Child Sexual Abuse – a Practical Kit.

Children and young people are seven and a half times more likely than adults to be victims of sexual assault and Minister for Family and Community Services Pru Goward says the kit will improve practitioners’ responses to children at risk as well as those who have experienced child sexual abuse.

"It is essential that child protection workers understand the layers of risk that make some children more vulnerable than others," Ms Goward said.

"Unfortunately, we live in a world where children are often abused by those they trust most – family members or those close to them. We want to provide our child protection workers with the tools required to navigate the difficult conversations that are needed to keep vulnerable children safe."

Association of Children’s Welfare Agencies CEO Andrew McCallum said this valuable new resource will empower frontline workers to recognise the signs of child sexual abuse and respond accordingly.

"This positive initiative comes in response to findings from the Royal Commission and is sure to have a positive influence on improving child protection practice in NSW and ultimately keeping children safe from harm," Mr McCallum said.

Today’s announcement reaffirms the NSW Government’s commitment to supporting children who have experienced or are at risk of child sexual abuse, and every FACS child protection worker and manager across the state now has a copy of the kit.

The kit is available online.