New National Strategy to better protect Australian children

​The Morrison Government is continuing to protect children and bring abusers to justice, with Australia’s law enforcement, intelligence and criminal justice efforts continuing to benefit from an almost $131 million boost over four years as part of the National Strategy to Prevent and Respond to Child Sexual Abuse 2021-2030.

Minister for Home Affairs Karen Andrews said Australia’s police, intelligence and law enforcement agencies would continue targeting perpetrators, protecting children, and supporting victims and survivors, with additional funding and a new strategy to improve outcomes even further.

“National Children’s Week is the perfect time to reaffirm our commitment to keeping children safe – be it in their homes, schools, institutions, in public, and online,” Minister Andrews said.

“The Morrison Government’s significant investment in law enforcement for the purposes of child protection reflects the critical role they play in ending these abhorrent crimes.

“The National Strategy funding will bolster law enforcement and criminal justice responses to child sexual abuse, by ensuring agencies have the necessary resources, tools and capabilities to prevent, detect, disrupt and prosecute this escalating threat.

“The Morrison Government is also strengthening our border, intelligence and research capabilities by disrupting the cash flow behind child sexual abuse, preventing and disrupting livestreamed child sexual abuse, intercepting child abuse material and offenders at the border, and enhancing our ability to identify offenders within the community.

“The funding will bolster Australia’s legal frameworks and better support victim-survivors of child sexual abuse, including online abuse, both here and in the Indo-Pacific.”

Further information is available on the National Office for Child Safety website.

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