Professor S. Caroline Taylor AM

Professor S. Caroline Taylor AM

is the Founder and Chair of the Board

of Children of Phoenix


She is also a Director on the foundation Board and has the portfolio for Scholarships and Chair’s the Scholarship Committee.

Professor Taylor’s academic work is focused on child abuse which she sees as a human rights and social justice issue.  She is the author of several monographs, books and many peer reviewed journal articles and opinion pieces.  She provides professional reports for sexual assault court proceedings and is often invited as a speaker at professional, public and community events.

She herself experienced long term childhood sexual and physical abuse with the perpetrator being convicted and sentence to prison.  With no family and few resources she rebuilt her life from childhood poverty and little formal education to achieve high levels of education including First Class Honours and a PhD that won a prestigious national award to become a leading academic and social activist around children, abuse and human rights and law reform.

Children of Phoenix is not charity but change.  The Foundation provides hope to children, adolescents and adults, whose lives and educational pathways have been affected by childhood sexual abuse, to achieve their educational goals and dreams.  In doing so they take control of, and build a future for themselves fuelled by their own skills and determination.

Education & Training

The new Victorian legislation for reporting of suspected child sexual abuse now makes it mandatory for every person to report suspected child sexual abuse.

There are penalties for failing to report suspected child sexual abuse.

Protecting children and young people from sexual abuse is everybody’s business.

We each can play a vital role in protecting children and preventing abuse and speaking out to give voice on behalf of children everywhere.

Child Safe Standards came into effect 1st January 2017.

Children of Phoenix has the expertise in the area of child sexual abuse to assist your community, your club or organisation to ensure that you are knowledgeable, effective and accountable with regard to child sexual abuse.

Professor Taylor is an internationally recognised expert who has influenced policy, training and law reform in the area of child sexual abuse.

In November 2016 Professor Taylor was invited to Address the Counsel of Europe in France on the topic of child sexual abuse affecting children around the world.  Professor Taylor has provided expert training on child sexual abuse on motivators and facilitators for disclosure; responding to disclosures and trauma informed responses and the impact on social death on victim/survivors.

She has provided this training by invitation to INTERPOL Police in Europe; UK; US and Australia as well as to police training academies in Victoria, Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia.

She has also provided training to school teachers; medical practitioners; psychologists; the judiciary; welfare organisations; community groups and general community as well as private workshops for survivors of sexual abuse.

Half day and full day workshops are available and can be tailored to meet the needs of your organisation or community.

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Public Speaking Engagements

Professor Taylor’s wealth of knowledge, skills and expertise is sought all across the globe.

Caroline has provided by Invitation, Keynote Addresses to Interpol (Europe), The Council of Europe, The AsiaPacific Police Commissioners’ Forum, The National Judicial College and International Womens’ Day,  among others.

If you have a Corporate Function or Academic Event that requires a Professional Speaker who delivers both Motivational and Inspirational Keynotes, Forums, Workshops or, you may have an idea that is not yet fully formulated that you believe would benefit from her involvement, please email your enquiries to: