Great to launch this section with the news that the Commonwealth Government has announced that it will establish a National Redress Scheme for survivors of institutional child sexual abuse by 2018.
It’s over a year since the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse handed down its final report on redress in September 2015 recommending that such a scheme be established. Now it’s over to the states, territories and institutions to show their commitment and opt-in to the scheme.
However, as with the Royal Commission, it doesn’t cover victims of emotional and physical abuse and neglect while in the ‘care’ of institutions as children. So for advocacy groups like CLAN and the Child Migrant’s Trust the campaigning continues.