Professor Leah Bromfield is Co-Director of the Australian Centre for Child Protection. She is one of Australia’s leading child protection/child maltreatment researchers. Recently, she was a Professorial Fellow to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, with responsibility for developing the Royal Commission’s extensive research agenda comprising over 100 research projects. Her work has received significant recognition, recently being awarded the 2017 Telstra Business Women’s Award (for the Government and Academia category).
PRESENTATION: INSIGHT INTO SENSITIVE RESEARCH: ROYAL COMMISSION INTO INSTITUTIONAL RESPONSES TO CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE
Co-Presenter: Andrew Anderson
The Royal Commission into Institutional Reponses to Child Sexual Abuse was unprecedented in terms of its scale and scope and its focus on generating research and evidence to inform its work and recommendations. During this session Professor Leah Bromfield (Co-director of the Australian Centre for Child Protection) who was the Professorial Research Fellow and Andrew Anderson (Director CIRCA) who was the Manager of Research at the Royal Commission will talk about the highlights and challenges of designing and implementing a four year research program spanning 100 projects across a vast range of topics. They will discuss how the experiences of victims and survivors of institutional child sexual abuse were placed at the centre of all of the Royal Commission’s work and the ethical challenges of undertaking research with this extremely vulnerable population group. They will also talk about the importance that was placed on using existing evidence through high quality evidence reviews rather than reinventing the wheel to minimise the research burden on survivors. They talk about the role of the Commission in generating new evidence that could inform policy and practice and the unique opportunities and constraints of undertaking research within a Royal Commission context.