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Survivor quits Vatican child protection body

Abuse survivor Marie Collins has resigned from the Vatican's Commission for the Protection of Minors due to frustration with some officials in the Roman curia regarding a number of issues, including the relevant dicastery's refusal to respond to letters from abuse survivors.

Cardinal: Alleged Vatican resistence to child protection a 'cliche'
Catholic News Service: 6 March 2017

O'Malley says voices of victims are critical
Boston Glove: 3 March 2017

Cardinal says abuse survivor quit papal panel to 'shake the tree'
Crux: 3 March 2017

Collins' resignation exposes the Vatican
Newcastle Herald: 4 March 2017

TJHC response
2 March 2017

   

Frankly speaking...

This week I spoke at a forum organised by the National Committee for Professional Standards. As we all look to the future, discernment is the key now. We need to think about – and frankly we need to pray about – what we have heard and where to from now. In the lead up to the 2020 Plenary, we must not lose momentum. We have to engage beyond our comfort zone and tap into more than what has come out of the Royal Commission. We need to reach out, including to disengaged Catholics. In a creative spirit we must seek a new heart, a new way of being church.

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SA wants federal government to underwrite national redress scheme

The federal government would have to agree to underwrite a $4 billion national scheme to compensate child sex abuse victims if it wants to get South Australia on board.

South Australia does not support a single national redress scheme but the other states and territories are continuing talks about how it will work before deciding whether to join.

Canberra may have to put more into redress
AAP: 3 March 2017

Victims want equal access to redress
AAP: 3 March 2017

Give abuse victims' families redress: CLAN
AAP: 3 March 2017

 
 

Ryan review of Melbourne Response

Melbourne Archbishop Denis Hart announced in April 2014 that he had appointed former Federal Court judge Donnell Ryan, QC, to review the Melbourne Response, the Archdiocese's internal compensation scheme for victims.

Last November, the Melbourne Archdiocese announced it would double the payment cap in the scheme from $75,000 to $150,000 and agreed to review past claims.

While the Archdiocese rejected a number of Mr Ryan's recommendations it did reiterate it supports the national redress scheme currently being designed by the government's advisory group, and failing that, a Victorian redress scheme.

Ryan Review of Melbourne Response
25 September 2015

Media release from Archdiocese of Melbourne
3 March 2017

Schedule of responses to review from Archdiocese of Melbourne
3 March 2017

Catholic Church blocks victims' path to further compensation
ABC: 4 March 2017

Melbourne Archdiocese rejects most of its own review's recommendations on abuse payouts
The Age: 3 March 2017

 

 
 

McClellan repeats call for national working with children check

State government child protection reporting systems are being clogged by thousands of reports that aren't serious enough for them to act on, a commission has heard.

NSW Department of Family Services secretary Michael Coutts-Trotter says the Department received 120,000 calls last year that did not meet the "risk of significant harm" threshold.

"In effort terms, that's about 100 child protection caseworkers working in intake, taking reports we don't act on as a statutory agency," he told the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse on Wednesday.

Government inaction may lead to tragedy
AAP: 8 March 2017

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