Former residents of facilities now auspiced by UnitingCare Queensland
UnitingCare Queensland acknowledges the pain and suffering of all those who have experienced sexual 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 which can be read here. The Queensland Government, together with Queensland Churches, has also made an official apology which can be viewed here.
UnitingCare Queensland has a policy and process in place to respond to any former resident who suffered abuse as a child while under the care of a Uniting Church community or health service and has been working with former residents over the years to offer hope and healing. This policy is under review in light of the lessons learnt from the Royal Commission as it progresses.
Former residents who suffered abuse, or those representing them, are encouraged to contact the Royal Commission and UnitingCare Queensland.