Its difficut to be hopeful that a royal commission into the abuse of young people in the Northern Territory juvenille detention system will deliver significant change, if the Federal Government's response so far to recommendations from the child abuse royal commission are anything to go by. We have yet to see anything of substance on the Commission's recommendation for a national redress scheme for victims and survivors of abuse in Autralian institutions.
NSW government aplogises for abuse victims at boys home
The Australian reports this week that the NSW government has privately apologised to the victims of child sexual and physical abuse carried out by multiple offenders "in brutal and terrifying circumstances" at a state-run boys' home northwest of Sydney.
TJH Council CEO Francis Sullivan met this week with Fr Hans Zollner sj, President of the Centre for Child Protection at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome. Fr Zollner, who is in Australia for conversations with Church bodies engaged in child protection work, was interested in how the work of the Council might be used by other countries to model a way forward. Also present at the meeting was Ms Kath McCormack, Australian representative on the Pontifical Council for the Protection of Minors.
11 Aug 2016: Archdiocese of Perth General Assembly presentation - Perth 18 Aug 2016: Holy Name of Mary Parish presentation Hunters Hill - Sydney 18 Sept 2016: Year of Mercy Panel Rosary Cultural Centre - Tamworth 20 Sept 2016: St Aloysius College staff development day - Sydney