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Contact Stephanie Gotlib
Chief Executive Officer
03 9417 1025
stephanieg@cda.org.au

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Assistance available from CYDA

CYDA's role
Assistance available from CYDA

Research has found that children with disability are 3.4 times more likely to be abused than other children. Children with communication difficulties and high behavioural support needs have a further heightened risk of abuse. Society’s attitudes and assumptions, inadequate services and factors associated with impairment have been shown to make children with disability more vulnerable to abuse.

CYDA has received funding from the Department of Social Services to enable us to contribute to the work of the Royal Commission and to progress the inclusion of the experiences of children with disability.

CYDA’s role

By contributing to the work of the Royal Commission, CYDA has the following aims:

  • Increased awareness and understanding of the work of the Royal Commission among children with disability and their families through provision of information to members, social media networks, relevant established contacts and networks and other key stakeholders.
  • Increased participation in and contribution to the Royal Commission of relevant experiences (individual experience and systemic expertise) of children with disability.
  • Children with disability and their families are supported, through information and referral, if they are considering making a submission to the Royal Commission.
  • Greater awareness in children and family services and the broader community regarding specific considerations relevant to abuse and children and young people with disability.
  • CYDA progresses awareness and involvement of the work of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse within child and family community services.
  • CYDA works in a collaborative and complementary manner with other services funded to provide assistance and support regarding the work of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
  • Increased identification and implementation of preventive and protective strategies which will reduce the risk of child sexual abuse in institutions in the future.

Assistance available from CYDA

  • Information is provided to CYDA members and other services about the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
  • CYDA has a specific Royal Commission page on our website.
  • Regular social media updates are made on our Facebook page and Twitter about the work of the Royal Commission and CYDA.
  • An e-Bulletin which provides updates on the work of the Royal Commission and other relevant information. You can subscribe by filling in the form on the left hand side of this page.
  • Further information and referral to relevant support services can be obtained by contacting the CYDA office on 03 9417 1025 or 1800 222 660 (regional and interstate callers) or email info@cda.org.au.