UnitingCare Queensland, the health and community services provider of the Uniting Church in Queensland, commits its full support to the work of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse commenced in January 2013. It is gathering evidence from victims of abuse and others involved in institutions, past and present. We encourage anyone who would like to talk to the Royal Commission to do so. We hope the Royal Commission will provide an opportunity for healing, justice and reconciliation for all those who have suffered as well as contributing to improved systems and processes for preventing and dealing with sexual abuse of children.
UnitingCare Queensland continues to monitor the work of the Commission closely to understand lessons that can be learned from good and poor practice in the protection of children in child-related services and will implement these learning's across the organisation. UnitingCare Queensland is participating in national and Queensland based response groups and has also established a working group within the organisation to support UnitingCare Queensland service groups’ cooperation with the Royal Commission.
The Uniting Church National Assembly has taken quick and decisive action to respond to the Royal Commission. They have made a number of policy submissions, which are available on the Royal Commission website.
In response to the Royal Commission’s final report on redress, the Uniting Church Queensland Synod has commenced its interim redress scheme for survivors of sexual abuse. 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.
If you or someone you know is in need of assistance or support, please do not hesitate to contact any one of the organisations recommended by the Royal Commission here.
We also encourage anyone who would like to talk to UnitingCare Queensland in relation to this to please contact the Child Safe Contact Officer.