With the advent of the MeToo movement, increasing numbers of survivors of child abuse, including child sexual abuse, have been seeking to speak out.
In Australia in the years 2013 to 2018, there was a Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual abuse. In New Zealand there is currently underway a Royal Commission of Inquiry into Historical Abuse in State Care. This has been extended to include faith based institutions including schools.
As a result of the confluence of these events, some schools have been reviewing their historical files as well as their current child protection policies and initiatives. It is well established by the Australian Royal Commission that boys’ boarding schools in particular have been high risk institutions for child sexual abuse.
In recent times, Dr Blackwell has been involved as an independent advisor to schools in relation to historical sexual abuse issues and child abuse protection and prevention. She has conducted historical file reviews, written response protocols, reviewed and revised child protection policies and practice, advised on current abuse prevention strategies and undertaken staff training including recruitment and induction of staff.