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Freda Briggs
About Freda Briggs
Position: Emeritus Professor
Division/Portfolio: Division of Education, Arts and Social Sciences
School/Unit: Education Arts and Social Sciences Divisional Office
Campus: Magill Campus

Office: G1-52C
Telephone: +61 8 830 24583
Fax: +61 8 830 24394
URL for Business Card:
  Expertise for Media Contact

I am able to provide media comment in the following areas of expertise:

Discipline: Child development - education

  • Non Medical Aspects of Child Protection
  • Research - Children
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Personal Safety
  • Children
  • Early Childhood Care
  • Child abuse - child protection
Patron of both Bravehearts and ASCA
Senior Australian of the Year  2000 award

 is the recipient of the Inaugural Australian Humanitarian Award, theANZAC Fellowship Award, the Jean Denton Memorial Fellowship and theCreswick Fellowship Award for her work with disadvantaged children.
Freda Briggs, Professor Emeritus in Child Development at the University of South Australia and consultant on the protection of Children to numerous government agencies in Australia is one of the nation’s foremost experts on the protection of children and young people.

Professor Briggs was profess or of Child Development in the University from 1991 to 2002, after serving as foundation Dean of the de Lissa Institute of Early Childhood and Family Studies at one of the university’s predecessor colleges.

Freda Briggs has long been in demand as an adviser to governments and consultant to child protection agencies. At  a national level, she has been an ambassador for the Recognition of Women for the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet since 2001, and served on that department’s Working Party on the protection of children with disabilities. She serves as a member of the National Child Sexual Assault Reform Committee, and since 2000 has been Consultant to the South Australian Department of Education and Children’s Services on the child protection curriculum for schools.!ProfessorFredaBriggs!_7067.aspx 
How long have you been involved in the study of sexual abuse?

Why is this an important area of study?

Is this politically a difficult area of research?

How do you find the subjects for your studies?

What do the findings from your studies indicate?

Do you undertake any studies involving religious abuse?

Is it difficult to find research data on religious abuse?

What are some of the most likely effects and issues someone who has been
the victim of religious or sexual abuse is likely to encounter in their

We hope to compile a database of offenders and to be able to track the
parishes they were located at and the times they were there.
Do you believe that this information should be made available by each
religion in an easily searched and publicly accessible database?

Do you think it would be reasonable to expect that the religious groups
who have had or still have offenders within their ranks have an
obligation to assist in both the provision of this data?
Do you feel that religious groups are doing enough in the areas of
identifying abusers and in supporting victims?

Are you familiar with the articles contained in the "U. S. Bishops'
Charter For Protection Of Children And Young People" (
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Can you shed any light on why there is such a huge discrepancy between
this charter and what actually occurs for victims of abuse by catholic
clergy here in Australia?

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