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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Royal Commission: Address to Association of Children’s Welfare Agencies National Conference

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, addressed the Association of Children’s Welfare Agencies National Conference in Sydney on Monday 15 August, 2016. Justice McClelland spoke to addressing the needs of those who have experienced abuse in care as children — implications of findings from the Royal Commission.

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Royal Commission to close registration for private sessions

Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse is closing registrations for private sessions on 30 September 2016. Private sessions allow survivors of child sexual abuse in an institution to share their story directly with a Commissioner in a private setting. The Hon. Justice Peter McClellan AM, Chair of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse said the strong demand from survivors to share their story has resulted in a queue of people waiting to meet with a Commissioner.

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Royal Commission: Survey regarding access to Support Services

Royal Commission: Survey regarding access to Support Services Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has commissioned the Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) to investigate how survivors of child sexual abuse in institutions and their families access support services.

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Vatican Press Office Speaks Out on Renewed Attention to Sex Abuse Crisis

lombardiFollowing the depositions of Cardinal George Pell before the Royal Commission, Jesuit Father Federico Lombardi, director of the Vatican press office, released a statement regarding sexual abuse in the Church. Fr Lombardi’s statement The sensationalist presentation of these two events merits some reflection and discrimination. The international media are catching up with what has been happening and how the Church has responded in the past, albeit inadequately. Now, in Rome itself, immediate awareness and responses by high ranking Vatican officials has captured media attention. The Vatican Press Office highlights the Church’s responses under this papacy (Pope Francis) and the earlier papacy of Pope Benedict, who told, “there is filth in the Church and it has to be removed”.

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