Dr Ben Mathews is a Professor in the School of Law at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia, Principal Research Fellow in the QUT Faculty of Law, and Adjunct Professor at Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health.
He has published 3 books, 20 government reports, 90 refereed articles and book chapters, and over 40 law reform submissions on issues concerning children and the law, and over 80 national and international conference presentations, with a focus on multidisciplinary research at the interface of child maltreatment and law.
His key field of research expertise is in the prevention, detection, and response to child abuse and neglect by legal and social systems, with further particular focus on sexual abuse. His latest book was released in 2019: New international frontiers in child sexual abuse: theory, problems and progress.
In 2019-23, he is leading the Australian Child Maltreatment Study (ACMS), which measures for the first time the national prevalence of child maltreatment in Australia, its mental and physical health outcomes, and the attributable burden of disease. The ACMS also measures intimate partner violence in adulthood. The ACMS is funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council, with further funding from the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Department of Social Services, and the Australian Institute of Criminology.
He has provided technical advice to governments in multiple jurisdictions in Australia, to the Government of Ireland, and to members of the UK House of Lords. He was a Professorial Fellow to Australia’s Royal Commission Into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, and conducted three research projects for the Commission. His research has influenced legislative and policy reforms, especially in the abolition of civil statutes of limitation for child sexual abuse claims, and mandatory reporting laws. In 2019 he delivered keynote seminars to the England and Wales Inquiry Into Child Sexual Abuse, and in the UK House of Lords. He has also served on two World Health Organization Guideline Development Groups for health sector responses to child maltreatment.