Making institutions safer for children

knowmore undertakes systemic advocacy to ensure that the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse’s recommendations are fully implemented in all states and territories. We also undertake advocacy to reduce the risk, incidence and impact of child abuse in high-risk institutional settings, including in youth detention environments and out-of-home care.


The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse’s Final Report was released in December 2017, outlining important recommendations aimed at making Australian institutions safer for children and ensuring that all institutions uphold the rights of children in their care. The recommendations included:

  • developing a national strategy to prevent child sexual abuse
  • requiring all institutions to adopt the Child Safe Standards identified by the Royal Commission
  • improving institutional responses to and reporting of complaints of child sexual abuse
  • improving the records, recordkeeping and information-sharing of institutions that care for or provide services to children.

knowmore strongly supports the Royal Commission’s recommendations to make institutions safer for children. Our vision is a community that is accountable to survivors and free of child abuse.