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.
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.
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.
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