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Friday, August 21, 2015

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Working With Children Checks Report released

Royal Commission released its Working with Children Checks report this week recommending that the system needs to be strengthened and unified across all states and territories as a matter of urgency.

The Commission's report said problems with working with children checks have been recognised by governments for some time, but for too long they have favoured maintaining their own systems over working together.

"We believe that the absence of any action to fix these problems is a significant and inexcusable failure on the part of governments — these problems cannot continue to be ignored," the report said.

Read media coverage in The Sydney Morning Herald and ABC on-line

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Frankly speaking...

The Royal Commission has this week released its report on 'Working with Children Checks', WWCC, which includes a range of proposed sweeping reforms to the system that it has described as 'an inexcusable failure'.

While it remains unclear at the moment whether the Commission's recommendations will address all the problems currently associated with WWCCs this report sets a standard and template for a national redress scheme which could work across all jurisdictions.

Putting in place a national scheme in which redress is determined independently but paid for by the institution responsible must be a number one priority for the Commission and for the Governments it is reporting to.

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Kids' gut feelings about creepy adults help detect pedophiles

Last week we noted the release of the Taking Us Seriously report which is part of a study being conducted by Australian Catholic University's (ACU) Institute of Child Protection Studies (ICPS), in partnership with Griffith University and the Queensland University of Technology.

National Children's Commissioner, Megan Mitchell (pictured), officially launched the report in Canberra this week. 'The children and young people who contributed to this report explicitly pointed to the importance of having their voices heard in keeping them safe..' she said.

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Educational Workshops for Survivors

Adults Surviving Child Abuse (ASCA) is delivering seven survivor workshops around Australia.The full-day, free workshop provides a safe space for people abused or traumatised in childhood; to learn more about how their experience may have affected them; and to acquire tools for positive change and self-care strategies.

 
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Scottish Report: Justice must be done for abuse survivors

A major review of the current safeguarding policies, procedures and practice within the Catholic Church in Scotland was released this week.

The McLellan Commission,  set up in 2014, has made eight key recommendations to Scotland's Catholic Bishops to improve the current standards of safeguarding within the Catholic Church. Pictured is Commissioner Andrew McLellan.

Read media coverage in The Guardian and Catholic Herald

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