Session includes:

  • 45 minutes of learning

    to complete at your own pace

  • Editable workbook

    to keep your notes and ideas

  • Certificate of completion

    to download and share


Prof Freda Briggs AO (1930-2016)

Child Safety Expert, Academic, Author, Child Protection Advocate

Prof Briggs emigrated to Melbourne in 1975 to become Director of Early Childhood Studies at the State College of Victoria (now part of Monash University). She moved to Adelaide in 1980, where she became dean of the Institute of Early Childhood and Family Studies at the University of South Australia and established a pioneering child protection course. In 2004, the Prime Minister of Australia, John Howard, recognised her work by awarding a $10 million endowment for the provision of the National Child Protection Research Centre at the university. In 2005, she was appointed Foundation Chair of Child Development and an emeritus professor, lecturing in sociology, child protection and family studies. She was a patron for the Adelaide Women's and Children's Hospital paediatric palliative care project and a South Australia ambassador to the prime minister's department on the recognition of women. She also campaigned with success against mandatory retirement from the workforce at 65. Prof Briggs provided assistance to royal commissions and parliamentary inquiries and wrote numerous submissions to state and federal inquiries relating to child protection including the Mullighan Inquiry, and the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. She advised police forces in Australia and New Zealand and was a media consultant on child protection issues relating to TV, movies and computer games. Prof Briggs was considered one of Australia's leading experts about child abuse issues and an outspoken advocate for children's rights internationally. Prof Briggs was the inaugural recipient of the Australian Humanitarian Award in 1998, Senior Australian of the Year in 2000 and became an officer of the Order of Australia in 2005. She was also a recipient of the Anzac Fellowship Award, the national Centenary Medal, the Jean Denton Memorial Fellowship and the Creswick Fellowship Award and received an honorary Doctor of Letters degree from the University of Sheffield for outstanding research, publications and contributions to education relating to child abuse and child protection.

Course curriculum

  • 1


    • Welcome!

    • Trigger Warning

    • Downloadable Coursebook

    • A note on professional development

  • 2


    • Strategies for Preventing and Responding to Cases of Child Sexual Abuse

  • 3


    • What did you think?

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