The potential of Circles of Support and Accountability (COSA) to reduce child sexual abuse in Australia

Richards, Kelly (2011) The potential of Circles of Support and Accountability (COSA) to reduce child sexual abuse in Australia. Winston Churchill Memorial Trust , Canberra.

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Abstract

This report addresses a number of issues relating to Circles of Support and Accountability, and their compatibility with the Australian criminal justice context, including:

  • What are Circles of Support and Accountability?
  • When and how did Circles of Support and Accountability emerge?
  • What forms do Circles of Support and Accountability take?
  • What is the purpose of Circles of Support and Accountability?
  • Where do Circles of Support and Accountability currently operate?
  • Why is it important for Australia to understand Circles of Support and Accountability?
  • What is the scope of the problem of child sexual abuse in Australia?
  • What is the research evidence about the effectiveness of Circles of Support and Accountability?
  • Some key issues for consideration.
  • Some limitations and potential “dangers” of Circles of Support and Accountability.
  • Recommendations for Australia.

The report concludes that given the research evidence about Circles of Support and Accountability, Australia should build on its existing interest to more fully implement Circles of Support and Accountability, while taking the limitations of this criminal justice measure into consideration.

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ID Code: 65005
Item Type: Report
Refereed: No
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Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Schools > School of Justice
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 Winston Churchill Memorial Trust
Deposited On: 03 Dec 2013 01:44
Last Modified: 10 Dec 2013 01:20

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