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Thursday, July 14, 2016

Disability service providers hearing, Brazilian Archbishop resigns, Frankly speaking

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Disability services RC hearing starts

The Royal Commission this week started hearing evidence of the experiences of survivors of child sexual abuse with disabilities and their parents and the responses to allegations by three disability service providers, Mater Dei School in Camden, NSW Gold Coast Family Support Group (now known as FSG Australia) and The Disability Trust and Interchange Shoalhaven.

It will also hold an open panel in which experts from across the sector will examine the National Disability Insurance Scheme's child safety proposals.

Click here to read hearing transcripts, statements and hearing room updates

Statement from Mater Dei School re hearing


Frankly speaking...

This week the Royal Commission has commenced a case study into residential care for children with disabilities. The Sisters of the Good Samaritan Mater Dei School has been part of the study. Without wishing to take anything away from the actual cases, its important to reflect on what a difference time has made to the handling of abuse cases. 

Latest from the Council

RC private sessions advertising campaign

The Royal Commission into Institutional Child Sexual Abuse has launched a nationwide advertising campaign to announce registrations for private sessions will close on 30 September 2016.

The campaign will consist of radio, print and digital advertising. It began last Sunday and will run until mid-September.

Abuse survivors focus of major ad campaign
AAP - July 8 2016


Archbishop resigns after allowing accused priests to work

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Brazilian Archbishop Aldo di Cillo Pagotto for allowing priests accused of sex abuse to continue working in his diocese.

In June, Pope Francis warned that bishops guilty of looking the other way or covering up child abuse by priests within their congregations could be removed from their duties.

Archbishop resigns after allowing accused priests to work
Global Pulse - July 7 2016

TJHC attends Capuchin Friars mid-term assembly

Francis Sullivan, CEO of the Truth Justice and Healing Council joined around 30 delegates at the mid-term assembly of the Capuchin Friars in Sydney recently to provide an update on the work of the Truth Justice and Healing Council. The Friars meet for the formal provincial chapter every three years, but gather mid-term
for an assembly which is usually a time for ongoing formation and fraternity. This year there was a strong focus on professional standards and child protection.

TJHC Media Release


Coming up

11 July 2016: RC Public hearing commences into disability service providers, Sydney
19 July 2016: Presentation to Little Company of Mary, Sydney
22 July 2016: Community meeting and presentations in Darwin, 
11 Aug 2016: Community meetings and presentations in Perth
18 Sept 2016: Year of Mercy Panel Rosary Cultural Centre Tamworth
20 Sept 2016: St Aloysius College staff development day


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