Professor Kerryann Walsh is leading the ARC funded study entitled Making Prevention Matter: Establishing Characteristics of Effective Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Programs. School-based prevention programs are central to national efforts to prevent child sexual abuse (CSA) and its harmful effects, but the effectiveness of current CSA prevention programs is unknown, and research is hampered by a proliferation of programs that vary in content and processes.
This research will produce key recommendations for CSA prevention programs. It will generate important new knowledge about programs in use, their characteristics and features, and the ways in which they effect change. It will provide guidelines for tailoring programs for at-risk groups and will provide important data to guide consumers about program quality. Significantly, it will contribute a consolidated framework to guide future program evaluation.