Child Sexual Abuse &

Harmful Sexual Behaviours

National Conference 2024

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Thursday 31 October and Friday 1 November 2024

9am – 5pm | Sofitel Melbourne on Collins

ABOUT

Welcome to the 2024 National Child Sexual Abuse and Harmful Sexual Behaviours Conference

30 years ago, Kids First Australia – then known as the Children's Protection Society – held its inaugural conference on child sexual abuse. Seen as controversial at the time, this bold step began our journey of leading best practice, community-building, and knowledge-sharing.

Much has changed in three decades. We invite you to join us over two days as we bring together researchers, practitioners, public servants, and those with lived experience to share the nation's latest approaches, policy developments, and emerging ideas from across the child sexual abuse and harmful sexual behaviours space.

 

ABOUT

Welcome to the 2024 National Child Sexual Abuse and Harmful Sexual Behaviours Conference

Conference Theme: [TBA]

Behold, the theme of our conference, yet to be chosen. 

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Conference Theme: [TBA]

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Professor Daryl Higgins

We are thrilled to announce our first speaker, Professor Daryl Higgins, Director of the Institute of Child Protection Studies at Australian Catholic University. Prof. Higgins' research focuses on public health approaches to protecting children and child-safe organisational strategies. For 30 years, he has been researching child abuse prevalence and impacts, public health approaches to prevention, child protection and out-of-home care systems, family law, family violence, family wellbeing, and past adoption practices. Present at our first conference on child sexual abuse three decades ago, it is our pleasure to welcome back Prof. Higgins for our 30th anniversary event.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER

Professor Daryl Higgins

From across Australia, discover the researchers, policy makers, practitioners, advocates and those with lived experience, all working for the betterment of children and young people.

EVENT PROGRAM DAY 1

To be announced

Morning
SESSION 1: TBC
TBC
9:00am
Coffee and tea on arrival.
TBC
9:30am
TBC
TBC
9:35am
TBC
TBC
9:50am
TBC
TBC
10:05am
TBC
TBC
11:00am
TBC
Midday
SESSION 2: TBC
TBC
11:35am
TBC
TBC
12:10pm
TBC
TBC
12:40pm
TBC
TBC
12:55pm
TBC
TBC
1:25pm
TBC
TBC
1:30pm
TBC
Afternoon
SESSION 3: TBC
TBC
2:20pm
TBC
TBC
3:05pm
TBC
TBC
3:35pm
TBC
TBC
4:30pm
TBC

EVENT PROGRAM DAY 2

To be announced

Morning
SESSION 1: TBC
TBC
9:00am
Coffee and tea on arrival.
TBC
9:30am
TBC
TBC
9:35am
TBC
TBC
9:50am
TBC
TBC
10:05am
TBC
TBC
11:00am
TBC
Midday
SESSION 2: TBC
TBC
11:35am
TBC
TBC
12:10pm
TBC
TBC
12:40pm
TBC
TBC
12:55pm
TBC
TBC
1:25pm
TBC
TBC
1:30pm
TBC
Afternoon
SESSION 3: TBC
TBC
2:20pm
TBC
TBC
3:05pm
TBC
TBC
3:35pm
TBC
TBC
4:30pm
TBC

CONTACT

For event enquiries

Contact Hitomi Sanders, Acting Manager, Fundraising & Engagement

[email protected] | 0402 157 536

For media enquiries

Contact April Chaplin, Communications Lead

[email protected] | 0428 123 578

CONTACT

Registration

Places are limited

Early Bird (ends 30th June 2024)

  • Single Day $350 AUD (save $100)
     
  • 2 Days $600 AUD (save $200)

General Admission (from 1st July 2024)

  • Single Day $450 AUD 
     
  • 2 Days $800 AUD

Student Admission

  • Single Day $325 AUD
     
  • 2 Days $500 AUD

Note: No further discounts on student admission. You will need to show a copy of your valid student ID to obtain student admission. All registration fees are inclusive of GST.

FAQs

Yes! The venue features accessible walkways and bathroom facilities, and a Closed Loop system will be active for people with hearing aids.

Once you have received your emailed emailed ticket confirmation, please use the attendee information link within the email to add/update the accessibility requirements for you and/or other attendees.

If you have unique needs you'd like to discuss, please email [email protected] or call (03) 9450 0900.

Yes to both! 

Until 30 June 2024 Early Bird registration is $350 AUD for a single day (save $100) and $600 AUD for two days (save $200). 

For students, Single Day Student Admission is $325 AUD and $500 AU for two days. (Please note, you will be required to show a copy of your valid student ID.)

Kids First takes the security and privacy of your personal information, including credit card details very seriously. Our credit card provider never stores your credit card information, only using it to process your transaction. Our provider possesses a PCI certification which ensures the security of card data through a set of requirements, including installation of firewalls, encryption of data transmissions and use of anti-virus software. 

We will mail you a copy of your ticket to the email address you supplied during the purchase process. If you require a hardcopy ticket, please forward your ticket confirmation to [email protected]

Your registration information will be included in your emailed ticket confirmation. If you haven’t received this within 24 hours of your ticket purchase, please check your junk folder. Not there? Please email [email protected] and we will locate it.

As there is very limited ticket allocation for this event, we highly recommend pre-booking to avoid disappointment. In the event we do not exhaust our ticket capacity prior to the event, we will announce available tickets via our social media channels. Best to follow us on FacebookLinkedInInstagram and Twitter to be the first to hear.
 

To transfer for registration to someone else, simply email [email protected] and include:

- your ticket number (found in your purchase confirmation)
- your full name
- the full name you'd like to transfer the ticket into

and we will action this and confirm the transfer via return email. 

Regrettably, we will not be able to offer refunds for changes-of-mind.

In the unlikely event we have to reschedule the event, we will email you to offer the option of a full refund, or transfer of your ticket to the new event date.

If we have to cancel the event entirely, we will automatically refund your purchase amount using the credit card details you purchased with.

Absolutely. If you’d like to pay by direct deposit to a bank account, please email [email protected] and we will gladly organise this for you.

Our team will do their utmost to cater to all allergies and food intolerances. 

Once you have received your emailed emailed ticket confirmation, please use the attendee information link within the email to add/update the dietary requirements for you and/or other attendees.

As this is a professional conference, we suggest smart casual attire.

You can find all information about the forum, including timetabling information, by scrolling above.

The venue for the event, Sofitel Melbourne on Collins, is offering our attendees access to parking at $45 a day subject to availability. To book, please contact Sofitel Melbourne on (03) 9653 0000 or [email protected] and mention our conference. 

Alternatively, public parking is available from $28 a day with First Parking at 28 Flinders Ln.

Our venue partner for this event, Sofitel Melbourne on Collins will be delighted to accommodate you in one of their recently renovated guest rooms, subject to availability. To book, please contact Sofitel Melbourne on (03) 9653 0000 or [email protected].

Alternatively, there are myriad hotels and motels within walking distance for you to choose from.

There will be a registration desk set up at the entry to the venue. Our friendly staff will be there to supply you with a copy of the day’s timetable and answer any questions you may have.

Kids First is a proudly independent child and family services provider and early education specialist, made up of talented, passionate, purpose-driven professionals committed to changing lives.

Our vision is for all children and young people to thrive in resilient, strong and safe families and communities. A big part of bringing our vision to life is innovating approaches that allow children to heal from trauma, such as our Sexual Abuse Counselling and Prevention Program, which was the first of its kind in Victoria. Learn more.

Kids First Australia is a registered charity with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profit Commission (ACNC) and eligible tax-deductible donations have Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status with the Australian Tax Office.

Very engaging speakers, good topics and discussions to explore the theme of the conference. Venue was wonderful.

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