Bright Futures Webinars

Our free webinars are available to people working in the children’s education and care sectors and members of the community, including parents and carers. Frontline practitioners who work directly with children in education, childcare, support work, social work, youth justice may find these resources useful to their practice contexts.

Register for a webinar below or visit the Bright Futures Community of Practice to view the past webinars recordings at

24 April 2024, 1:00pm AEST

Webinar 1 – The prevalence and characteristics of men in the Australian community who sexually abuse children

Join Professor Michael Salter, Professor of Criminology in the School of Social Sciences at the University of New South Wales, to discuss a global study’s shock findings on the number of Australian men who are sexually attracted to children and teens.

This webinar presents the findings of a representative survey of almost 2000 Australian men regarding their sexual feelings and behaviours towards children. The webinar will discuss the prevalence of online and offline offending amongst men in the community, the characteristics and risk factors associated with offending, and the implications of the study for prevention, early intervention and detection.


Professor Michael Salter
Professor of Criminology in the School of Social Sciences at the University of NSW, and the inaugural Director of Childlight UNSW

22 May 2024, 3:00pm AEST

Webinar 2 – Preventing Harmful Sexual Behaviours in Schools

Join us for the 2nd Bright Futures FREE webinar for 2024 presented by Dr Kjersti Draugedalen, Associate Professor Lesley-Anne Ey and Tim Wong. 

The webinar will give an overview of a newly started R&D innovation project in Norway. Through a public health approach to prevention, the project will explore whether focus on comprehensive sexuality education, youth participation, and enhanced interdisciplinary cooperation between schools and services can strengthen teachers’ safeguarding of children and young people in schools.


Dr Kjersti Draugedalen
University of South-Eastern Norway

Tim Wong

Associate Professor Lesley-Anne Ey
University of South Australia

19 June 2024, 3:00pm AEST

Webinar 3 -Responding to sibling sexual abuse – putting research into action

Sibling sexual abuse is perhaps the most common form of intrafamilial sexual harm, yet cases involving sibling sexual abuse can be very challenging for practitioners and agencies, and outcomes for children affected and their families are often suboptimal. This workshop will cover content of two recent publications by the UK based ‘Centre of expertise in child sexual abuse’ written for social workers and other professionals. They outline current knowledge and evidence in the sibling sexual abuse field and look at how that knowledge can be used to inform how we positively support a family’s journey, from identification of harm, safety planning and assessment, through to intervention, case closure and aftercare support. The webinar will also draw on recent research on the lived experiences of adult survivors of sibling sexual abuse and how that can inform child protection decision making and better outcomes for families.


Stuart Allardyce
Director at Lucy Faithfull Foundation

31 July 2024, 1:00pm AEST

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21 August 2024, 1:00pm AEST

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18 September 2024, 1:00pm AEST

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Kevin Creeden
Director of Assessment and Research at the Whitney Academy in East Freetown, MA

23 October 2024, 1:00pm AEST

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Professor Jeremy Prichard
Director of the Tasmania Law Reform Institute

20 November 2024, 1:00pm AEST

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Associate Professor Nadine McKillop
Sexual Violence Research and Prevention Unit

Dr Susan Rayment-McHugh
Sexual Violence Research and Prevention Unit

Dr Lara Christensen
Sexual Violence Research and Prevention Unit

4 December 2024, 1:00pm AEST

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Deanne Carson
Director, Body Safe Australia

Jane Gilmour

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