The Federal Government said last Friday it will work with the states and territories to set up a national framework to offer compensation to victims of child sex abuse.
But the problem with what the Commonwealth seems to be proposing is that by running individual schemes in different states and territories survivors from different places around the country will inevitably, be treated differently.
Perth Archbishop calls for greater focus on CSA and survivors
The Archbishop of Perth, Tim Costelloe, says the screening of the movie Spotlight is an opportunity for all the Church in Australia to acknowledge the extent church leaders and others failed 'to be the signs and bearers of God's love and compassion they were expected, and appointed, to be".
Writing in The Record he says the film, which details the uncovering of child sexual abuse in the Boston Archdiocese, has many parallels for the Catholic Church in Australia.
"Here, too, defenceless and innocent children and young people were sexually abused by priests, religious and other Church personnel. Their faith and their lives were profoundly damaged, if not destroyed, by this terrible betrayal," Archbishop Costelloe writes.
Victorian organisations that work with children and are funded or regulated by the Victorian Government must now comply with mandatory child safety standards and reporting obligations.
The new laws, which aim to ensure that organisations that deal with children have appropriate and consistent measures in place to prevent and respond to allegations of child abuse, came into effect from 1 January.
In their day-to-day practice, social work and human services practitioners frequently find themselves in confusing ethical quandaries, trying to balance the numerous competing interests of protecting children from harm and promoting family and community capacity. In this book the authors aim to prepare students and early-career professionals for roles in the complex and challenging work of child protection and family support.
Authors: Bob Lonne, Maria Harries, Brid Featherstone, Mel Gray
Being Safe and Feeling Safe: Children's conceptualisation of interpersonal safety
The Institute of Child Protection Studies at the Australian Catholic University has released findings of the first part of a study commissioned by the Royal Commission examining children's experiences and perceptions of safety in institutions.
The study was based on the view that children and young people understand and experience safety in different ways to adults, and without an appreciation of what children and young people need to be and feel safe, responses may fail to adequately respond to their concerns.
Assistance for people appearing before the Royal Commission
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