Survivors of abuse which occurred at facilities now auspiced by UnitingCare Queensland
UnitingCare Queensland acknowledges the pain and suffering of all those who have experienced abuse at the hands of institutions and individuals and emphatically states that abuse of children is never acceptable.
UnitingCare Queensland recognises that some people while children in the care of the Uniting Church or former Methodist, Presbyterian and Congregational Churches, did not receive the care that they rightly deserved. The Uniting Church has expressed regret and sorrow to these children who suffered neglect and abuse while in institutional care provided by the Church and its agencies in the past.
The President of the Uniting Church in Australia made an official apology. The Queensland Government, together with Queensland Churches, has also made an official apology.
UnitingCare Queensland has a policy and process in place to respond to anyone who suffered abuse as a child while under the care of a Uniting Church community or health service and has been working with survivors over the years to offer hope and healing.
People who suffered abuse, or those representing them, are encouraged to contact the Royal Commission and UnitingCare Queensland
If you experienced sexual abuse as a child while under the care of a Uniting Church community or health service, you may be eligible for redress under the Uniting Church Queensland Synod’s interim redress scheme. UnitingCare Queensland and the Church encourage survivors to seek assistance in these matters and to access the interim redress materials. Phone the Redress Support Worker on 1800 874 995 or email UCredress@changefutures.org.au for more information.