Record number of submissions received on redress

Record number of submissions received on redress

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has published 78 submissions in response to its recent issues paper on redress schemes.

Royal Commission CEO Philip Reed said the high number of submissions reflected strong community interest in the issue.

“The Royal Commission is undertaking broad consultation and research on the effectiveness of redress schemes in the context of child sexual abuse in institutions, and expects to make recommendations by mid-2015,” Mr Reed said.

“The Royal Commission is currently reviewing and analysing national and international redress schemes, and has published three issues papers on civil litigation, redress, and compensation schemes.”

Submissions to issues paper six were received from a range of individuals and organisations, including government, religious organisations, community service organisations, lawyers, survivor advocacy and support groups and other support services.

“There is a common theme running through the submissions; that appropriate redress schemes may be effective in providing justice to victims of institutional child sexual abuse,” Mr Reed said.

“A number of submissions put forward features for effective redress schemes, and some submissions recommended the establishment of a national redress scheme.”

“Many submissions also highlighted the necessity for appropriate support to be provided to survivors, including counselling.”

 View the public submissions.

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