Professor Leah Bromfield


Professor Leah Bromfield is an internationally recognised academic and leader in the field of child abuse and neglect.

Born and raised in Tasmania, Commissioner Bromfield has held several management roles in university, public sector and hospital settings, including as Co-Director of the Australian Centre for Child Protection at the University of South Australia, Manager of the Australian Institute of Family Studies’ National Child Protection Clearinghouse, and Professorial Fellow to the Australia-wide Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

She has authored more than 200 commissioned reports, policy and practice papers, including on the causes and impacts of child sexual abuse, child safe organisations, mandatory reporting, best practice responses to children interviewed by police, children displaying harmful sexual behaviours, therapeutic treatment and responses to child sexual abuse, child protection and out-of-home care. Her work has led directly to changes to law, policy and practice across Australia.

Commissioner Bromfield is the recipient of the Telstra 2017 Australian Business Woman of the Year (public sector and academia) award and has received multiple awards for both innovation and impact.  She has been a member of the Council of Australian Government National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children governance group since 2010.

Updated: 13th May 2021

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