See, Understand and Respond to Child Sexual Abuse videos

November 2016

This seminar explored the many issues practitioners face when supporting children and families who have been affected by child sexual abuse. Experts from across Australia spoke on the challenging aspects of this work including working with children who are displaying sexually harmful behaviours, safety and risk assessments, the possibility of contaminating evidence and working with parents, children and Aboriginal families.


Laura Luchi – Prevalence and impacts of child sexual assault

Laura is a psychologist with a special interest in abuse and the development of complex trauma. She has a particular interest in sexual abuse and its trauma-related problems for children. In this video Laura examines the historical context of child sexual abuse with a focus on how sexual abuse has, and continues to be, downplayed, distorted and silenced. She discusses how far we have come and how far we still have to go

Dale Tolliday – Child sexual abuse: safety and risk assessments

Dale Tolliday is a highly respected advisor in the field of child sexual abuse, with more than 20 years of experience in the field. A consultant, researcher and trainer he is currently Clinical Advisor to New Street Adolescent Service Program, NSW Health. In this video Dale covers essential elements of safety planning including practical guidance to help practitioners understand grooming tactics used by offenders, developing effective safety plans that address the details of daily life and involve extended family and community in helping keep children and young people safe from sexual abuse. Dale also discusses risk assessment frameworks and highlights important points for practitioners when assessing the risk posed by a suspected offender

Cathy Want - Between the lines: Trauma, resistance and safety in the context of child sexual abuse

Cathy Want is manager at Rosie’s Place, a non-government sexual assault counselling and advocacy service for children and non –offending parents.  Cathy is a trainer, researcher and has developed innovative resources for work in child sexual assault.  In this presentation Cathy closely examines the range of tactics offenders use to condition the child and isolate them from protective relationships.  She offers advice about respectfully engaging with a family and the ‘how to’ of developing a plan centred around a child’s safety.

Marcia Ella-Duncan - Key findings from the taskforce into child sexual abuse in Aboriginal communities

Marcia Ella-Duncan is a descendant of the Yuin nation on the NSW far south coast. With 25 years experience in Aboriginal affairs she has performed a variety of roles in criminal justice, and child safety and community management. She is a passionate advocate for social justice and connecting Aboriginal young people through sport. In this presentation Marcia shares her insights from chairing the NSW Aboriginal Child Sexual Assault Taskforce.

Dr. Trish McCluskey - Addressing sexually harmful behaviour in children

Dr. Trish McCluskey has worked in child protection for more than 30 years and is currently chair of Victoria's Therapeutic Treatment Board for young people with sexually concerning behaviours. Director of Berry Street in Gippsland, Trish has extensive experience in adolescent mental health and working with children and young people living with trauma. In this presentation Trish discusses common characteristics of children who display sexually harmful behaviour. She provides practical ideas for safety and case planning  that respond to the needs of  victimised children and children who display sexually harmful behaviour.

Kara Shead - Demystifying Contaminating Evidence

Kara Shead is the Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions. In this video presentation she answers questions about child sexual abuse cases in the criminal court system and dispels some of the myths surrounding contaminating evidence.

Panel discussion – Trish McCluskey, Dale Tolliday, Cathy Want, Marcia Ella-Duncan and Kate McIntyre (developer of the See, Understand and Respond to Child Sexual Abuse kit)

In this panel discussion our speakers answer questions about common child protection practice concerns including working with Aboriginal families, parents who are struggling to believe our worries about sexual abuse, working with children who display sexually harmful behaviour and effective safety planning.

To report suspected child abuse or neglect, call the Child Protection Helpline on 132 111 (24 hours/7 days)