The following information provides contact details for the Royal Commission and some information to help you decide whether you might wish to write a submission, tell your story in a private session, or appear before the Royal Commission as part of the public inquiry.
Blue Knot Foundation's 1300 counsellors are available to help and support you in these decisions and in this process. To speak with one of our counsellors please call 1300 657 380 9am-5pm Monday-Sunday AEST.
Answers to some of your questions as to how you can best engage with the Royal Commission can be found by clicking here>>
To register your interest with the Royal Commission you can:
Call: 1800 099 340
Should you wish to tell your story in the coming months at a private hearing:
Call: 1800 099 340
Write: GPO Box 5283, Sydney NSW 2001
The Australian Government has funded the establishment of an independent legal service called ‘knowmore’ for members of the public who would like legal advice before contacting or providing information to the Royal Commission or at any other point in their engagement with the Royal Commission.
Similar to the funding to deliver services such as counselling, support and case management to individuals and affected family members, this is entirely independent of the Royal Commission.
knowmore is a free service that provides:
- Legal advice and assistance
- Legal information and referral to related services where necessary
- Assistance with preparing written statements and submissions
Staff at knowmore include lawyers, counsellors, social workers and Aboriginal liaison officers. knowmore's national free advice line is 1800 605 762. Further information about the services knowmore provides can be found at: www.knowmore.org.au
Do you or a family member have a connection with Parramatta Girls Home?
The NSW Government has announced a number of actions in response to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. These actions are just the start in working closely with the Royal Commission on a longer term plan to support victims of institutional child abuse.
One of the actions that has been announced is the creation of a memorial on the site of the former Parramatta Girls Home. This memorial will recognise and pay tribute to those people who were abused as children at the home.
It is important that anyone who has been affected by their time at Parramatta Girls has a say in the type of memorial that is created. Over the next few months the Department of Family and Community Services will be talking to people connected to Parramatta Girls about the best way to recognise their experiences there.
If you were at Parramatta Girls Home, or are connected through a family member, and would like to share your ideas, please ring the Department of Family and Community Services on 1800 773 412 Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm (free call) or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has released five short films showcasing the work of the Royal Commission and encouraging survivors of child sexual abuse in an institution to share their story. The short films provide in depth information on the work of the Royal Commission, private sessions and witness support services. The films were created for people who have experienced child sexual abuse in an institution, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
The five short films are:
• A safer future for children – outlining the role of the Royal Commission
• Share your story – providing information on private sessions
• Giving evidence at a public hearing – a guide for witnesses
• A safer future for children: for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
• Share your story: for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse interim report has now been released
View here: http://childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au/about-us/reports
The Royal Commission’s second case study report, Report of Case Study No.2: YMCA NSW’s response to the conduct of Jonathan Lord is now available. View here: http://bit.ly/1mM1rhR
To Read Royal Commissions Amendment Bill 2013 >>Click here
Budget announcement re Royal Commission >>Click here
The following information summarises key points related to the Royal Commission as announced at the first sitting of the commission on April 3rd >>more
“Haunted by private anguish behind public outcry”, by Justice Peter McLellan, chair of Royal Commission >>more
Public hearings provide us with the opportunity to publicly expose events of national importance and educate the community on institutional child sexual abuse. For anyone thinking about attending we recommend you watch our latest video on what to expect at a public hearing >> watch here