posted on November 21, 2016 15:47
Blue knot Foundation welcomes the recent announcement by the Minister for Social Services, Hon. Christian Porter MP on behalf of the Commonwealth Government regarding a Commonwealth Redress Scheme. The proposed scheme focusses only on people sexually abused in Commonwealth-run institutions but in announcing it, the Minister urged all States/Territories and responsible institutions to "opt in" to the scheme. Only a single national redress scheme to which all relevant parties commit will provide a fair and equitable response to sexual abuse survivors in institutions.
The Commonwealth has indicated their desire for this scheme to commence in 2018 and run for 10 years, with the option of extension on review at that time. It will include all 3 elements recommended by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, in its report and recommendations presented to government in September 2015. These include monetary compensation up to an amount of $150,000 per survivor, trauma-informed culturally sensitive counselling and psychological care over the specified period and a direct personal response such as an apology from the relevant institutions should a survivor seek it.
The onus is on the States, Territories and Institutions to opt in without further delay and for all governments to work together, through COAG and other mechanisms, including with other institutions to see survivors of institutional child sexual abuse acknowledged and well supported. To read more go to www.redress.today
Blue Knot Foundation is keen to work with governments and institutions to facilitate this process in whatever way we can.
Blue Knot Foundation will continue to advocate for survivors of all forms of childhood trauma, and people who have experienced their trauma in the home, family and neighbourhood. The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse was restricted by its terms of reference, and hence the redress scheme is focussed on the needs of survivors who fall within those terms of reference i.e. survivors of child sexual abuse in institutions.
All survivors deserve and need access to a range of different supports, and sometimes over a long period of time, not only survivors of sexual abuse in institutions. Blue Knot Foundation will continue to advocate for greater awareness, more accessible and affordable services and supports, as well as pathways to justice for all survivors.