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29 August 2018

Queensland Government response to the Youth Sexual Violence and Abuse Steering Committee’s First Report

This report is the Queensland Government's response to the first report of the Youth Sexual Violence and Abuse Steering Committee in which they had considered the effective and efficient implementation and coordination of activities in Aurukun and West Cairns to address youth sexual violence and abuse. The Committee made seven recommendations across three broad themes: improving service effectiveness, raising awareness and resourcing. They also emphasised the importance of using research and evaluation to inform holistic approaches to support healthy relationships and increase community functioning.  The government accepted all recommendations. The Committee will now work to develop an understanding of the broader prevalence of youth sexual violence and abuse and make recommendations about how it might be addressed. The Queensland Government also noted there are clear links between the Committee’s recommendations and agendas being pursued through domestic and family violence reforms, the child protection reform agenda and sexual health strategies.