We engage thought leaders throughSpeaker Forums


The purpose of the forums run by the Collective is to engage thought leaders working in and influencing the out-of-home care sector, hear the latest research, and discuss and debate the best ways to apply this research to practice in New South Wales.

Forum Resources


July 2019 | Caring for children with harmful sexual behaviours (HSB) in out-of-home care forum

Caring for children and young people with harmful sexual behaviours in out-of-home care was the subject of the Collective’s forum held on 16 July 2019.

Professor Simon Hackett from Durham University and Chair of the National Organisation for the Treatment of Abuse (NOTA) in the UK and Republic of Ireland and Professor Rachel Skinner from University of Sydney gave presentations on our current understanding of harmful sexual behaviour (HSB) by children and young people and how best to support their carers. Mr Peter Goslett spoke about the work of My Forever Family and its support of carers.

The presentations were followed by a panel discussion of audience questions, a summary of which is provided.


Professor Simon Hackett

Children and young people: the context of care and caring
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Professor Rachel Skinner

Young people’s sexual development: healthy or harmful?
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Peter Goslett

My Forever Family: caring for those who care for kids
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Summary of Panel Discussion

Forum on caring for children with harmful sexual behaviours in out of home care
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November 2019 |Children in care with harmful sexual behaviours forum

In November 2018 the Collective ran the: Children in care with harmful sexual behaviours forum.

The focus of the forum was on:

  • Clarifying our current understanding of harmful sexual behaviour by children and young people, how to best address the behaviours, provide treatment for the children and young people and support their carers.
  • Identifying implications for systems, including the need for collaboration, advocacy, policy and research work as well as training, expert advice and treatment options.
  • Identifying practice implications for all out-of-home care service providers working with children with harmful sexual behaviours, including managing risk, communication and collaboration between agencies and identifying the best family-based responses.

Presentations by three speakers were followed by a panel discussion of audience questions. Professor Helen Milroy, who served as a Commissioner for the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, set the scene for the forum by outlining findings of the Royal Commission and the recommendations relating to children with harmful sexual behaviours.

Dale Tolliday, Clinical Advisor at New Street Services, spoke about using evidence to inform treatment, treatment service challenges, issues particularly evident in out-of-home care and the limitations of commercial products that are not developed or adapted for specific contexts.

Dr Robyn Miller, Chief Executive Officer of MacKillop Family Services outlined the action research project MacKillop is undertaking in partnership with the University of Melbourne. The objective of the program is to prevent and intervene early in harmful sexual behaviours and child sexual exploitation with children and young people in residential care settings. The panel discussion covered a wide range of topics and a summary is provided.


Helen Milroy

Children with harmful sexual behaviours
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Dale Tolliday

Children and young people who have engaged in harmful sexual behaviours: using evidence to support treatment
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Robyn Miller

Preventing harmful sexual behaviour and child sexual exploitation
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Summary of Panel Discussion

CCC forum on children with harmful sexual behaviour
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Resources from 2017 forums

In 2017, the Collective ran two successful forums with international guest speakers, Professor Judy Sebba (August 2017) and Martha Holden (September 2017). These forums were invitation only events and were well attended by the members of the Collective and their senior staff, senior staff in the Department of Family and Community Services, Minister Goward’s Office and oversight agencies.

Professor Judy Sebba

Motivation to foster, peer support for foster carers and the educational progress of children in OOHC Click to view

Martha Holden

Children and Residential Experiences (CARE), Creating Conditions for Change
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