Over the past almost four years, as the Royal Commission has explored the way the Catholic Church and other institutions have responded to child sexual abuse one of the key issues I hear from survivors is the difficulty they have trying to get hold of their personal records. Certainly in the past 15 years or so, many Catholic organisations have done a lot to make sure care leavers get better access to their records. But some still have a long way to go.
Research reveals new insights into children's views of safety
A survey of over 1,000 children and young people reveals that more than 40 percent would feel uncomfortable talking to an adult at school if they were in a situation where an adult or other young person made them feel uncomfortable.
Children and young people were most likely to report that they would tell a friend or parent if they found themselves in an unsafe situation with just over a quarter reporting that they would tell a teacher.
The Commission will be holding public hearings in December 2016 into the current policies and procedures of Scouts NSW, YMCA NSW, The Salvation Army, Australian Christian Churches. The hearings will also examine the response of each institution to the case studies they have been the focus of over the past three years. Submissions should be made by 23 September 2016.
12 September: Case study 44, Fr Farrell - Dioceses of Parramatta and Armidale 20 Sept 2016: St Aloysius College staff development day 27 September 2016: Dominican Friars Pre-Chapter Assembly, Templestowe 28 September 2016: St Vincent De Paul social justice meeting 25 October 2016: CSSA Leaders Summit, CLC Melbourne 25 October 2016: Catholic Theological College SRC 25 October 2016: St Roch's Parish Pastoral Council, Glen Iris 8 November 2016: Spirituality in the Pub, Notting Hill, Victoria