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Friday, August 14, 2015

Vic Govt redress paper, Frankly speaking and more

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Vic Government CSA redress consultation paper

The Victorian Government has released a consultation paper concerning a potential Victorian redress scheme for victims of institutional child abuse.

The consultation paper is the next step in the Victorian Government's public commitment to implement all outstanding recommendations from Betrayal of Trust.

The paper sets the bar for other state and territory Governments and particularly the Commonweath as they consisder their responces to the Royal Commission's redress proposals to be released this month.

How to submit to the consultation

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Frankly speaking...

Last week the Victorian Government released its public consultation paper on compensation and redress for survivors of institutional child abuse. It is part of the Government's response to recommendations from the 2013 Victorian Parliamentary child abuse inquiry.

The paper and its call for submissions appears to be a very clear indication that if a national scheme doesn't eventuate then Victoria will put in place its own.

This is the first concrete contribution to the redress debate from any Australian government since the Commission started in 2013. It puts real pressure on the Commonwealth to get involved.

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ASCA  is calling on faith-based communities to consider holding a special service or t least a moment's silence in support of Blue Knot Day 2015.  With the right help and support, people can and do recover.

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The Ripple Effect - counselling and the Royal Commission

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TJHC summary of RC sentencing research report

The Royal Commission released a research report into sentencing for child sexual abuse in institutional contexts in July this year.

The report examines sentencing law and practice, the principles of sentencing, sentencing standards and the range of non-sentencing statutory measures available to detain offenders in custody, as well as restrictions and monitoring of their movement.

This summary, prepared by TJHC staff, focuses on Chapter 7 of the Report which examines the existing law relating to organisational criminal responsibility.

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