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Kathryn PRENTICE

Year of Award: 2002.1 Award State: Queensland Social Welfare > Children Care And Protection
To study innovative models of childhood sexual abuse primary, secondary and tertiary prevention programmes - USA
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This study explored innovative models of childhood sexual abuse primary, secondary and tertiary prevention programmes, visiting centres of excellence in both the United Kingdom and the United States of America.

Programmes in both countries are able to offer a more comprehensive and integrated range of responses than those which are currently offered within Queensland, Australia. In order to provide this approach within an Australian context, sexual violence will need to be declared a public health, as well as a criminal issue.

Government Departments which are key stakeholders in this area will need to address sexual violence by developing a collaborative approach, rather than the present fragmented responses, including the investment of joint funding.

This would involve the development of integrated, comprehensive services, with a focus not only on tertiary prevention, but also upon primary and secondary prevention. Within these models, a continuum of care is required to offer a range of therapy settings. A public health approach is currently being developed by integrating funding from the Queensland Health Service, and funding from the Department of Families, Queensland, at the Bundaberg Area Sexual Assault Service, Queensland, Australia.

This involves the trial of a range of the programmes visited overseas, for adaptation to an Australian context. Stop It Now! Australia, (Queensland), is also a new initiative of the Bundaberg Area Sexual Assault Service, and it is hoped this innovative response will be explored by other States in Australia.  

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