Three times as many referrals as sexual abuse service can fit in

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Dale Tolliday, a clinical adviser to the public service New Street, has three times as many referrals as capacity at the lone Sydney clinic. Photo: James BrickwoodNew Street service to be established in the IllawarraMum claims daughter, 6, sexually abused at Illawarra schoolTwo boys, 12, charged with sexually assaulting girlThe only Sydney service to rehabilitate children who sexually abuse other children has three times as many referrals as they can fit in andtwo boys alleged to haverapeda six-year-old girl at school will not be eligible.

The two 12-year-old boys, from a primary school on the northern beaches,were charged on Tuesday over two alleged rapesof a fellow student in mid-August.

It’s understood the six-year-oldwas allegedly cornered in a toilet cubicleduringrecesson both occasions.

The girl was able to tell a teacher who then notified her parents and the school. Following a two-week investigation, the boys were arrested at Chatswood police stationon Tuesday.

Child sex offences committed by minors are increasing in NSWyet resources for rehabilitating offenders are scant.

More than800 children in NSW are referred to rehabilitation serviceseach year for causing serious sexual harm to other children, according to Dale Tolliday, clinical adviser to rehabilitation provider New Street.

Last year, about 30 offences on school grounds were reported to police, NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research data shows, but the vastmajority of abuse is not reported.

The distressing issue again made headlines this week whenan Illawarra mother launched legal action against the Department of Educationamid allegations her disabled daughter, 6, was sexually abused by fourstudents at school in 2013.

A “comprehensive suiteof wrap-around services” in primary schools would provide better support for victims, the Australian Primary Principals Association recently told the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

Dedicated “lead professionals” in schools would enable such co-ordination, they said.

For perpetrators,Mr Tolliday said New Street, the only rehabilitation service in Sydney, has a referral list that is at leastthree times their capacity and theNorth Parramatta service is difficult to access for northern beaches families.Melbourne has four services.

In NSW, children charged with sexual offences are prevented from accessing rehabilitation services before their court matter is finalised, meaning the two boys would not be in any program.It’s understood they have since left the school.

Ian Nisbet, a forensic child psychologist and former Juvenile Justice worker and school counsellor, said the criminal justice system”is a reasonably blunt tool to use to try to correct this problem”.

“A therapeutic rather than a purely punitive approach would make more sense,” he said. “What we want most of all is for there to be a chance of rehabilitation and for this to never occur again.”

He has desperateparents who drive hundreds of kilometres to his CoffsHarbour practice for help.

His research of 300 children’s court cases showed half of all offenders had previously committed non-sexual crimes.About 20 per cent hadbeen sexually abused.

“Much more common is a background of physical abuse or neglect,” he said.”You may have a child that’s grown up in a family where they observe human relationships involving coercion [and]exploiting the vulnerability of weaker people so they use that as a template for human relationships.”

He said the prevalence of internet pornography was also a factor.

As well as proving the alleged assaults took place,prosecutors in the northern beaches case will have to prove the 12-year-old boysunderstood thatwhat they were doing was seriously wrong.

Ina recent in-depth look at child-on-child sex abuse, Fairfax Media reported that about 30 to 50 per cent of child sex abuse is committed by children.

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