A collective of leading organisations representing child abuse victims have come together to call on the Federal Government to show real leadership and announce its concrete commitment to a National Redress Scheme for survivors of institutional childhood sexual abuse.
In a joint media statement representatives from Adults Surviving Child Abuse, Care Leavers Australasia Network, the Truth, Justice and Healing Council, the Australian Council of Social Service and People with Disability Australia Incorporated have called for immediate action from Australia's governments to deliver real justice and healing to Australian survivors of child sexual abuse.
Last week, for the first time, the peak child abuse survivors groups and the Catholic Church came together as one voice to call on governments across the nation to get on with national redress.
Lateline last week ran a story calling on CSA files to be effectively dumped at the doors of the Royal Commission and the Victorian Police despite the Commission and the Police already having some and not calling for more. As I've said many times if they want more they will get them.
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RC Consultation paper: Responding to CSA in Instituitons
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has released a consultation paper on best practices in responding to complaints of child sexual abuse in institutions.
The Royal Commission is keen to ensure that all complaints of child sexual abuse in institutions are dealt with in an appropriate, timely and responsible manner no matter what the scenario or institution.
The consultation paper is seeking submissions on the best-practice principles, matters that should be canvassed in a model complaint handling policy and how these matters might be addressed.
The TJHC is currently considering a response on behalf of the Catholic Church in Australia.