Responding to the findings and recommendations of the Royal Commission
On 31 August 2018 Catholic Religious Australia and the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference released their response to the final report of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
In addition, three key groups will take forward the work arising from the Royal Commission
- The Implementation Advisory Group
- Nation Redress Scheme Reference Group
- Catholic Professional Standards Limited
Implementation Advisory Group
The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference and Catholic Religious Australia have established a new advisory group that will play a crucial role in influencing and monitoring the Catholic Church’s ongoing response to the child sexual abuse scandal.
The new Implementation Advisory Group will monitor the response to the findings and recommendations of the Royal Commission into Institutional Response to Child Sexual Abuse and the recommendations of the Truth, Justice and Healing Council, which led the Church’s engagement with the Royal Commission.
The program of work the Implementation Advisory Group has identified includes:
- Relationship with and spiritual support of survivors;
- Governance and Church culture;
- Child-focused standards;
- National Redress Scheme;
- Seal of confessional and mandatory reporting;
- Handling of abuse complaints.
National Redress Scheme
The Catholic Church has established a National Redress Scheme Reference Group to work with the Government in the establishment of this Scheme
The Catholic Church was the first non government agency to opt in to the National redress Scheme.
The National Redress Scheme started on 1 July 2018 and will run for 10 years. Information about the Scheme can be found at Nationalredress.gov.au or by calling1800 737 377 Monday to Friday 8am to 5pm local time.
Catholic Professional Standards Limited
Catholic Professional Standards Ltd (CPSL) was established in 2016 as an independent not for profit company limited buy guarantee with a board of directors comprising lay men and women. CPSL is working to have National Catholic Safeguarding Standards that focus on children finalised by the end of 2018. Further detail on CPSL can be found at the following link
The draft National Catholic Safeguarding Standards comprise 10 Standards, providing the framework for Catholic Church entities to build child-safe cultures and to advance the safety of children and vulnerable adults across the Catholic Church in Australia.
The first phase of implementation of the Standards will focus on safeguarding practices for the protection of children, taking into account the recommendations of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and the National Statement of Principles for Child Safe Organisations from the Australian Human Rights Commission (draft).
The Standards will subsequently be extended to include safeguarding practices relating to vulnerable adults.