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Friday, February 3, 2017

Final hearing, TJHC submissions and recommendations, Frankly speaking, more.....


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February 2017
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Final Catholic Royal Commission public hearing

Next Monday the Royal Commission will start its final case study into the Catholic Church.

Ahead of this hearing the President of the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference, Archbishop Denis Hart, has issued a message to Australian Catholics.

"In anticipation of these proceedings, it is important for bishops to help prepare the Catholic community for this hearing," Archbishop Hart has said.

"Next week's hearing will be a time of accountability and witness. Within the Catholic community, it will also be a time of prayer and of renewed commitment to safeguarding children."

Statement from Archbishop Hart regarding final Catholic Royal Commission case study
2 February 2017

The Archbishop of Brisbane, Mark Coleridge, has also released a video message which will be played at Masses across the Brisbane Archdiocese this weekend and will also be sent to all Brisbane Catholic Education school parents.

Watch the video here

TJHC Media release

Shocking extent of Catholic abuse
AAP 2 Feb 2017

   

Frankly speaking...

We are now less than a week away from the final hearing of the Catholic Church in this Royal Commission. At a time like this it can be too easy to forget the journey that has brought us to this point. Many courageous survivors have come forward to retell their stories or to reveal their ordeal for the first time. No doubt this was traumatizing and may have possibly plunged them into places of hurt and despondency. This has been a big price to pay in the interests of public knowledge and better child protection. We need to acknowledge this when the history of this Commission is told.

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TJHC reforms and recommendations

The Truth Justice and Healing Council has made a range of recommendations to the Royal Commission through submissions to its Issues Paper process.

The Catholic Church, again through the Truth Justice and Healing Council, has also developed guidelines for Church authorities in relation to issues of particular significance to survivors of child sexual abuse within the Catholic Church.

And over the past four years many diocese and congregations have made significant changes to the way they respond to child sexual abuse survivors and the way in which they keep children safe in their schools, hospitals, social services and parishes.

Read the TJHC reforms and recommendation web page

Read TJHC submissions to the Royal Commission including recommendations.

 

   
 
 

Tasmanian Children's Commissioner calls for out-of-home care reforms

On Tuesday this week, the Tasmanian Commissioner for Children and Young People Mark Morrissey released seven recommendations to the state government to improve the experience and outcomes for children in OOHC

Children and Young People in Out of Home Care in Tasmania Report
31 January 2017

Strengthening support to children and young people in out-of-home care
Media release 31 January 2017

Irish-Blue Rai: support and stability are key to the future of foster children
The Tasmanian Advocate - 31 January 2017

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