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Church Releases Child Sexual Abuse Reform Proposals


Thursday, 3rd October 2013 at 4:05 pm
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The leadership of the Catholic Church in Australia has development a reform agenda which it says could see the most significant overhaul of the Church’s approach to clerical sexual abuse in its more than 200-year history in Australia.

Thursday, 3rd October 2013
at 4:05 pm
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Church Releases Child Sexual Abuse Reform Proposals
Thursday, 3rd October 2013 at 4:05 pm

The leadership of the Catholic Church in Australia has development a reform agenda which it says could see the most significant overhaul of the Church’s approach to clerical sexual abuse in its more than 200-year history in Australia.

Francis Sullivan, CEO of the Truth Justice and Healing Council, said the reforms were now being fully developed and will be presented to Church leaders in the first half of 2014.

“These proposals recognise that we must do better when we are dealing with victims of sexual abuse and as we work to make sure our institutions are as safe as possibly for children,” Sullivan said.

The reform proposals were outlined in the Truth Justice and Healing Council’s Towards Healing submission to the Royal Commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse.

The Catholic Church reform agenda proposals include:

  • appointing independent compensation commissioners to determine payments to victims who go through the victim response process known as Towards Healing. This would separate the pastoral responses in Towards Healing from the determination of financial payments;

  • the appointment of lay and independent experts to strengthen the Church’s National Committee of Professional Standards;

  • the introduction of an independent national board to develop and administer national child protection standards. The board would monitor adherence to these standards and publicly report on compliance;

  • the board would also provide more rigorous assessment, monitoring, auditing and enforcement of Towards Healing practices;

  • the introduction of greater transparency through public reporting by both the new national board and the Towards Healing process.

Francis Sullivan said that ultimately it may be appropriate for the Church to merge the reparation element of Towards Healing into a national compensation scheme to which all relevant institutions would contribute to, should this be a recommendation of the Royal Commission.

“While the Church supports calls for a national scheme, it would have to be a recommendation from the Royal Commission which is accepted by Governments, it could take many years to establish and may face significant constitutional hurdles,” Sullivan said.

“This is why the Church is going ahead with developing its own reform proposals which could be put in place as soon as late next year and could work alongside any future national scheme.

“They could be revised in the light of recommendations from the Victorian Parliamentary and Cuneen inquiries and the Royal Commission itself.”

The Truth Justice and Healing Council was established by the Catholic Church in Australia to coordinate the Church’s response to the Royal Commission.

Its role is to oversee the Church's engagement with the Commission, to develop new policies to protect children and young people and to help the Church respond to any future complaints appropriately and with justice, putting the needs of victims first.

For more information on the Royal Commission, go to http://www.childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au/Pages/default.aspx


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