Royal Commission releases for consultation model Bill to amend evidence laws

Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual AbuseThe Royal Commission (and many persons abused in different religions) report that how the criminal justice system deals with allegations against an individual of sexual offending against more than one child, has been identified by Commissioners – and those who have been abused – as one of the most significant issues in their criminal justice work and seeing justice done to repeat child abuse offenders.

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Victoria: Creating Child Safe organisations in Multifaith communities

vicsegDue the work – and the reports – of Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, it has emerged that all jurisdictions must put into place protections for children in all institutions in the community and set forth standards for Child Safe Organisations. Multicultural and Multi-faith organisations will also be required to comply. The Ethnic Communities’ Council of Victoria (ECCV) and the Victorian Cooperative on Children’s Services for Ethnic Groups (VICSEG) have been contracted by the Commission for Children and Young People to assist organisations like these to meet the Child Safe Standards.

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Royal Commission: Submissions on best practice when responding to complaints of institutional child sexual abuse

Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse
The Royal Commission has published 35 submissions received from a range of organisations and individuals in response to its consultation paper: Best practice principles in responding to complaints of child sexual abuse in institutional contexts. The Commission received submissions from sector peak bodies, government agencies, survivor advocacy and support groups, religious institutions and other interested parties.

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Royal Commission releases consultation paper on records and recordkeeping

Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has released a consultation paper that addresses records and recordkeeping practices in relation to child sexual abuse in institutional contexts. The consultation paper, Records and recordkeeping practices, examines the records and recordkeeping practices of both older and contemporary institutions, identifying key areas of concern.

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Royal Commission releases report on family relationships and the disclosure of institutional child sexual abuse

Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has released a report that has found the social, institutional and cultural context in which a family operates deeply influences disclosure of child sexual abuse. The report, Family relationships and the disclosure of institutional child sexual abuse, examined the long-term effects of disclosures of institutional child sexual abuse on families and was prepared by the Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS).

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Royal Commission: Address to Judicial College of Victoria

Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

The Hon. Justice Peter McClellan AM, Chair of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, gave an address today to the Judicial College of Victoria on August 19th. The address is titled “Meeting and managing community expectations”, and is being given as part of the Judicial College of Victoria’s Historical Sexual Offences program.

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