An important day for Australian children as Commonwealth Government accepts 104 Royal Commission recommendations Title Goes Here
Thursday 14 June 2018
Child Abuse Prevention Services (CAPS) has welcomed the Commonwealth Government’s announcement yesterday, accepting 104 of the recommendations made by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
“What we heard yesterday from the Prime Minister and Attorney-General is a commitment to keep Australian children safe from all forms of abuse, particularly when in the care of institutions,” said CAPS Chairman Andrew Grech.
Mr Grech also pointed to the establishment of the National Office for Child Safety as a significant and important measure by government to ensure it does everything in its power to keep children safe.
The Prime Minister also announced that the formal national apology to survivors of institutional child sexual abuse, as uncovered during the Royal Commission, will take place on 22 October 2018 coinciding with National Children’s week.
“CAPS fully supports the national apology to survivors. It is another clear and public action of solidarity for abuse survivors. My hope is that through the formal apology, abuse survivors will be able to feel empowered to continue their healing journey,” said Mr Grech.
Mr Grech also congratulated the West Australian government in joining the national redress scheme, another key recommendation of the Royal Commission. The redress scheme commences next month and with the inclusion of Western Australia will cover more than 90% of Australians eligible for the scheme.
One of the recommendations currently under consideration by state governments is mandating religious leaders disclose child sexual abuse when they are made aware it has occurred, even if the religious leader finds out about the abuse through private or spiritual conversations, such as confession.
CAPS confirms its support for mandatory reporting of all child sexual abuse which includes compelling religious leaders to report cases of abuse and points to recently passed legislation by the ACT Government as an example for other state governments to follow.
There are currently 18 more Royal Commission recommendations still being considered by the Commonwealth Government.
“It is commendable that the government has so far not rejected any of the Royal Commission’s recommendations and I am hopeful that with due consideration, the outstanding 18 recommendations currently being considered will also be accepted,” said CAPS General Manager Jeff Taylor.
CAPS remains committed to working with all levels of government regarding the implementation of the Royal Commission’s recommendations to help ensure Australian children are kept safe now and into the future.
Media Release 13 February 2018
Are you ready for the changes recommended by the Royal Commission?
It’s taken 5 years from announcement to The Final Report from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. It’s destined to change the way organisations work with children. Are you ready?
Child Abuse Prevention Services (CAPS) – a not-for-profit organisation – is hosting a special event conference. As the title suggests, the goal of the Safe Children Conference is about making the future safer for our children; aiming to assist providers of children’s services plan for the 180 recommendations made by The Royal Commission.
Already, Prime Minister Turnbull has stated the Government will present an apology to the victims of childhood sexual abuse by the end of the year. (SMH 8 Feb 2018 http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/turnbull-to-deliver-national-apology-to-child-sex-abuse-victims-20180207-p4yzo3.html) This demonstrates how seriously the Government is taking the Royal Commission’s recommendations.
The keynote speaker at the one day conference is the Commissioner, Robert Fitzgerald AM. He will be presenting the Royal Commission’s findings and recommendations; providing insights and direction with regard to the future safety of Australian children.
The Hon Minister Dan Tehan MP will discuss the Government response to the Royal Commission and explore the update on the Redress Scheme and its implications for all children’s services providers.
The Conference is being held on Friday 2 March at the International Convention Centre, Darling Harbour Sydney. Throughout the one-day event speakers will be exploring the recommendations from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, their Impacts and Implications.
When discussing the purpose of the Making the future safer for our children conference Mr Jeffery Taylor, CAPS General Manager said:
“The Royal Commission has given victims a voice and along with that, the Nation’s compassion – two things they desperately deserved. As service providers, its time we focus on how best to support these victims and implement greater safety measures to prevent future abuse.”
For more information on the one day Safe children conference, click here.
As well as hearing from Commissioner Robert Fitzgerald AM, other speakers include: Hon Dan Tehan MP, Minister for Social Services will discuss the Government’s response to the Royal Commission and Redress Scheme.
Mr Steve Kinmond – Community & Disability Services Commissioner & NSW Deputy Ombudsman will speak about the Reportable Conduct Scheme.
Ms Janet Schorer – NSW Children’s Guardian will discuss how Child Safe Organisations can achieve a quality framework.
Ms Julie Inman Grant – eSafety Commissioner for Children will explain the latest trends in digital safety.
MEDIA RELEASE THURSDAY 14 DECEMBER
All organisations and institutions working with children must understand what the Royal Commission means for them to ensure Australian children are never abused again.
Any organisation which has previously or continues to work with children and their families must have a clear and practical understanding of what the findings of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse mean for their organisation moving forward, says Child Abuse Prevention Service (CAPS) Director Dr Kieran Le Plastrier. Dr Le Plastrier’s comments come after the ABC earlier this week aired its documentary Undeniable which detailed the struggle many victims of abuse and their families faced over many years to get the Royal Commission opened.
The documentary also explored how organisations and institutions who abused children in their care engaged in systemic coverups further delaying justice to victims.
“The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has been one of the most important commissions Australia has ever seen. The opportunity for victims and their families to tell their story and seek justice and for the commission to really explore what happened in these institutions over the many decades is incredibly important. “With the Royal Commission due to hand down its findings tomorrow with potentially hundreds and hundreds of recommendations, organisations who have either previously or who continue to work with children and their families need to get their heads around what they will now legally need to do resulting from the commission’s findings,” said Dr Le Plastrier.
The recommendations will have far reaching implications across multiple sectors in our society, with direct implications for any agency working with children or indirect contact with children including education, sports, foster care, employment, policing, legal, and insurance. The redress scheme alone directly impacts on any agency funded by State or Federal governments. Dr Le Plastrier said that CAPS remains totally committed to working with the Royal Commission, service providers and institutions working with children to ensure that never again will Australian children be at risk of sexual or any other type of abuse in the country’s institutions.
“As part of this commitment CAPS will be hosting a conference on 2 March in Sydney where Commissioner Robert Fitzgerald AM will discuss the findings of the Royal Commission and what they mean for our sector, our country and ultimately our children,’’ said Dr Le Plastrier.
Making the future safer for our children
2nd March 2018 – International Convention Centre Darling Harbour Sydney Find out more information https://www.safechildren.org.au/
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Dr Kieran Le Plastrier
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Dr Le Plastrier graduated with Honours from Monash Medical School in 2002 and has since studied and trained in a diverse range of clinical settings including surgery, internal medicine, psychiatry, and community medicine. Kieran has a strong scholarly interest spanning medicine, psychology, physics and complex dynamic phenomena, and has published and lectured across Australia focused on translating these interests into improved performance of physicians and health systems. His PhD at Western Sydney University, currently under examination, has explored the dynamic systems of hospital emergency departments and the critical roles of suffering and entropy in making meaning of the effectiveness and efficiency of health-care services and their people. Dr Le Plastrier holds a Master of Psychiatry, is a Fellow of the Australasian College of Health Informatics, and is completing his general practice training in Sydney, Australia, where he also acts as Clinical Lead at Jewish House – an innovative crisis response charity based in Bondi.
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