This week we sent off to the Royal Commission our latest response to its policy development program which is focused on ensuring children are safe in schools.
One of the great tragedies revealed over the past three years during the Royal Commission's public hearing is the extent to which children have been sexual abused in schools – private and public.
In this submission we have recommended to the Commission a series of common-sense proposals that would make schools safer and make it simpler for school authorities to understand regulatory requirements across all states and territories.
Report makes the case for a national redress scheme for sex abuse survivors
In an extensive article in the online academic and policy site, The Conversation, Kathleen Daly, Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Griffith University makes a compelling argument for the introduction of a national redress scheme for survivors of child sexual abuse.
"The commission's 656-page report is a significant achievement. Although it is sure to invite debate and cause some disappointment, the approach was consultative and evidence-based," she says.
Archbishop Hart welcomes release of Royal Commission reports
In a statement, the Archbishop of Melbourne, Denis Hart, has welcome the release last week of two reports by the Royal Commission: the final report on Redress and Civil Litigation and the Commission's report of Case Study No. 16 into the Melbourne Response.
In a prayer service with hundreds of American bishops at Washington's Cathedral of St Matthew on Wednesday Pope Francis, in a 42-minute address, gave a wide overview of how he sees the role of bishops as shepherds and pastors.
While Francis referred to the sexual abuse crisis in his address there has been some critism of the nature of his comments.