Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

The Uniting Church in Australia, Presbytery and Synod of South Australia welcomed the decision of the Federal Government to establish a Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (Royal Commission) and pledges to cooperate fully and honestly with the Royal Commission.

The Uniting Church in Australia has issued a Values Statement in relation to the Royal Commission.

The Uniting Church in Australia National Assembly has convened a National Engagement and Response Task Group to the Royal Commission.  All Synods of the Uniting Church in Australia have established Task Groups to work with the National Task Group on Royal Commission matters. The purpose of the Task Groups is to strengthen the capacity of the Church across its Councils, Agencies and schools to engage openly and positively with the Royal Commission.

Links

 

Purpose:

The Uniting Church in Australia, Presbytery and Synod of South Australia is committed to doing all that it can to provide fair, consistent and compassionate redress for past sexual abuse committed towards children in our care.

This procedure has been developed  for addressing complaints regarding allegations of past sexual abuse that have occurred in Uniting Church in Australia, Synod of South Australia (Uniting Church SA) congregations or bodies within the Property Trust or congregations of the Methodist Church,  Congregational Union or Presbyterian Church of Australia prior to Union. It does not apply to complaints that have allegedly occurred in separately incorporated organisations associated with the Uniting Church SA.

The procedure facilitates the implementation of the National Framework for Interim Redress Measures approved by Assembly Standing Committee on 21 December 2015 and is to be read in conjunction with this framework.

It is the Church’s first preference to have any application for redress resolved by using this procedure without limiting the Survivor’s right to use legal processes at any time.  This procedure is not applicable to situations where the Survivor has current legal proceedings against the Uniting Church.

Principles:

  • The Uniting Church SA recognises that some Survivors of past sexual abuse have not received the support and care that they rightly deserved
  • The Uniting Church SA acknowledges that complaints and/or allegations of past sexual abuse are serious. All complainants will be welcomed and treated with the respect deserved. A compassionate response will be the first priority in all cases of alleged abuse
  • The Uniting Church SA is committed to procedural fairness for all those who lodge allegations/complaints of past sexual abuse
  • All applications will be reviewed in the shortest time practicable
  • The staff who have access to the application and all details surrounding that application will be limited to those required to respond to it

To read more: 

UC SA Procedures for the Implementation of the National Framework for Interim Redress for survivors of past (childhood) sexual abuse  

Uniting Church in Australia Assembly National Framework for Interim Redress for survivors of past (childhood) sexual abuse.