The Morrison Government has announced $146 million in funding for the first phase of a new national strategy to prevent child sexual abuse. Source: The Mandarin.
The development and implementation of such a strategy was recommended by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in 2017.
The plan is expected to be released in September, and will be jointly delivered by the federal, state and territory governments.
While the new funding includes nearly $40 million for the Australian Federal Police, Assistant Minister to the Prime Minister and Cabinet Ben Morton noted that the strategy would go “beyond law enforcement” by aiming to prevent abuse before it occurs, support victims and survivors, and reduce stigma.
“It is a 10 year, whole-of-nation framework to establish a coordinated and consistent approach to prevent and better respond to child sexual abuse in Australia,” Mr Morton said.
In a statement released yesterday, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said his Government’s “number one focus is on keeping Australians safe and the AFP is at the frontline of those efforts”.
“The royal commission, which recommended development of the National Strategy, revealed the shocking extent of child sexual abuse in this country,” Mr Morrison said.
“As part of the National Strategy, we are boosting AFP efforts with a further $59.9 million worth of initiatives, enhancing their ability to fight child sexual abuse, particularly online.”
National Strategy to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse (Mirage News)