Royal Commission public hearing into St Joseph's Orphanage, Neerkol
The Royal Commission's public hearing into St Joseph's Orphanage Neerkol will start next Tuesday in Rockhampton.
The hearing is looking into the experiences of men and women who were residents at the orphanage between 1940 and 1975 and will hear responses of the Sisters of Mercy, the Catholic Diocese of Rockhampton and the State Government to complaints of child sexual abuse which took place at the orphanage.
The Catholic Church's Truth Justice and Healing Council CEO, Francis Sullivan, said the hearing is an important opportunity for the former residents at the orphanage to tell their stories to the Commission and the broader community.
Prime Minister Abbott pledges strong response to Commission findings
Prime Minister Tony Abbott has promised a "strong and comprehensive" response to whatever the Royal Commission proposes by way of compensation for survivors of child sexual abuse
"We're strongly supporting the royal commission and obviously when the royal commission brings out its report we'll have a strong and comprehensive response," he said during a recent press conference in Sydney.
The Royal Commission recently released its scoping review: Evaluations of pre-employment screening practices. The purpose of the project was to map evaluations of pre-employment screening practices for child-related work that aim to prevent child sexual abuse.
This report, conducted by the Parenting Research Centre and the University of Melbourne, describes the methods used to conduct the scoping review and the findings of the scoping review.
Christian Brothers release guiding principles for civil child abuse claims
The Christian Brothers Oceania has released a set of 'Guiding Principles' aimed at minimising the potential further trauma of complainants during resolution of civil claims arising from allegations of child sexual abuse.
The 'Guiding Principles' draw on the commitment of the Christian Brothers to work with those who have suffered abuse with both care and compassion in an environment of dignity.
Commissioner McClellan keynote address: 14th Australasian Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect
Commissioner McClelland has told an international child abuse and neglect conference the legal system in Australia needs to learn from psychologists or risk inflicting grave injustices on child sex assault victims.
In a keynote address in Auckland to the 14th Australasian Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect, Justice Peter McClellan said judges are working off what they thought they knew about how "genuine complainants" behaved and how memory works.
"Assumptions that turned out, with the benefit of empirical research, to be erroneous," he says.