Promoting safe and respectful relationships for young people in care

This paper was prepared for the 'Breaking the Cycle' initiative, a research and practice development partnership between the University of Melbourne and MacKillop Family Services. Dr Gemma McKibbin is leading the development of an intervention to respond to sexual exploitation and sexually harmful behaviour in out-of-home care.

Children and young people in out-of-home care are at significantly increased risk of living with domestic and family violence, as well as being victimised through harmful sexual behaviour and sexual exploitation. When children and young people live with domestic and family violence they are more susceptible to developing abusive behaviours or to being victimised in the future.