The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet’s (PM&C) National Office for Child Safety is calling for public comment on a proposed advisory group to help implementation of The National Strategy to Prevent and Respond to Child Sexual Abuse 2021-2030.
Making the call, the National Office said it recognised the need to design and implement measures in a way that met the diverse needs of all Australians, including the National Strategy’s priority groups.
“As Governments implement the First National Action Plan and First Commonwealth Action Plan, the Advisory Group will provide guidance and input,” the Office said.
“The proposed Advisory Group will be one of several ways for stakeholders to be involved in the National Strategy’s design, implementation and evaluation,” it said.
“The National Office also proposes to establish a stakeholder consultation list to receive updates, consultation papers, workshop invitations and other information on the National Strategy and its measures.”
The Office said its National Strategy Advisory Group Model Public Consultation Paper outlined the proposed Advisory Group model, National Strategy action plans and included consultation questions.
“(The) Consultation Paper seeks feedback, by way of short written submissions, on the proposed model for an Advisory Group and complementary non-Government consultation mechanisms,” it said.
It said the National Strategy was a 10-year, whole-of-nation framework recommended by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
“It is the first of its kind in Australia and establishes a coordinated, nationally consistent approach to preventing and better responding to child sexual abuse in all settings,” the Office said.
It said people could have a say on the proposed Advisory Group until 10 February.
The Office’s five-page Consultation Paper can be accessed at this PS News link.