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Article released – Budget cut hits ‘vital’ organisations that aid abuse investigations (NSW) – Sydney Morning Herald (14 February 2018)
This article, published on the Sydney Morning Herald (SMH), discusses the planned cuts to funding of disability support groups in New South Wales. The NSW Ombudsman warns that these cuts will impact on investigations into assaults, sexual offences, and neglect of people with disability. This comes after the organisation reported a 30 per cent increase in referrals of alleged abuse-related crimes against people with disability last financial year. The full article is available from the SMH, at https://goo.gl/1eL6Vs.

Report released – “I needed help, instead I was punished”: abuse and neglect of prisoners with disabilities in Australia – Human Rights Watch (6 February 2018)
This report, released by Human Rights Watch, is based on research between September 2016 and January 2018. The findings reveal the violation of rights experienced by people with disability in prisons across Australia. Prisoners with disability in Australia are at a disproportionately high risk of experiencing sexual and physical violence, and of being held in solitary confinement. The full report is available from Human Rights Watch, at https://goo.gl/rWYm1P.

Commonwealth Redress Scheme for Institutional Child Sexual Abuse Bill 2017 and related bill
The proposed Bill establishes a Commonwealth Redress Scheme for Survivors of Institutional Child Sexual Abuse. The proposed scheme is intended to operate for 10 years, from 1 July 2018, and will provide three elements of redress to eligible survivors of institutional child sexual abuse: a monetary payment of up to $150,000; access to counselling and psychological services; and facilitation of a personal response from responsible institutions at the request of the survivor. The reporting date is 13 March 2018. More information is available from the Parliament of Australia website, at https://goo.gl/pHnb35. CYDA has provided a submission, which is available on our website at http://www.cyda.org.au/cdasubmissions.

Article released – Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse: Report released – CFCA (15 December 2017)
Child Family Community Australia (CFCA) have released a short article that summarises the final report of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. The article is available from the CFCA at https://goo.gl/cK8r9R

Article released – It’s organisational leaders who fail to manage situational risks for the safety of children – CFCA (22 January 2018)
Child Family Community Australia (CFCA) released this article, in which Professor Daryl Higgins reflects on the findings of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and considers how organisational leaders can best respond. The article is available from the CFCA, at https://goo.gl/GHJ7QB

Resource released – Child maltreatment in early childhood: developmental vulnerability on the AEDC – FACS Analysis and Research NSW (January 2018)
This resource, developed by the NSW Government Department of Family and Community Services Analysis and Research (FACSAR), presents the key findings from the NSW Child Development Study. The study aimed to identify vulnerability and protective factors for a variety of health educational and social outcomes of children in NSW. The resource is available from FACSAR, at https://goo.gl/kPNGbp

Final Report Released – Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (15 December 2017)
The Royal Commission’s Final Report was delivered to the Governor-General of Australia and released today. The Report comprises 17 volumes and includes a total of 189 new recommendations, many of which are aimed at making institutions safer for children. More information is available from the Royal Commission, at https://www.childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au/final-report

Final sitting marks the end of the Royal Commission
The final sitting of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse was held on Thursday 14 December 2017, at the Governor Macquarie Tower in Sydney. Further information, including a video of the sitting, is available from the Royal Commission, at https://goo.gl/q8Hw9r

Report released – Case Study 42 – The responses of the Anglican Diocese of Newcastle to instances and allegations of child sexual abuse – Royal Commission (7 December 2017)
The Royal Commission has released a redacted version of the report of Case Study 42 – The responses of the Anglican Diocese of Newcastle to instances and allegations of child sexual abuse. This report follows a public hearing that inquired into the experiences of survivors of child sexual abuse perpetrated by people associated with the Anglican Diocese of Newcastle. The full report is available from the Royal Commission, at https://goo.gl/droLzD

Podcast series – The Reckoning – Guardian Australia (11 December 2017)
Guardian Australia has released a new podcast series on Australia’s Royal Commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse. Through discussion with victims, experts and participants in the Royal Commission, the series investigates why the Commission was necessary and what it uncovered. The Reckoning can be downloaded from the Guardian, at https://goo.gl/Bm4sgB, or iTunes, at https://goo.gl/Z8bUPw.

Report released – Case Study 35 – Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne – Royal Commission (5 December 2017)
The Royal Commission has released a redacted version of the report of Case Study 35 – Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne. This report follows a public hearing that focused on the response of Catholic Church authorities within or associated with the Archdiocese of Melbourne to allegations and complaints of child sexual abuse. More information, and the full report, is available from the Royal Commission, at https://goo.gl/oAn9z8

Report Released – Case Study 28 – Catholic Church authorities in Ballarat – Royal Commission (6 December 2017)
The Royal Commission has released a redacted version of the report of Case Study 28 – Catholic Church authorities in Ballarat. The report follows a public hearing that examined the response of the Congregation of Christian Brothers in the St Patrick’s Province of Ballarat and the Catholic Diocese of Ballarat to complaints and allegations of child sexual abuse. More information, and the full report, is available from the Royal Commission, at https://goo.gl/a1o2Y9

Final report released – Royal Commission into the protection and detention of children in the Northern Territory (17 November 2017)
The Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory delivered its final report to the Commonwealth and Northern Territory Governments on 17 November 2017. The Commission’s inquiry revealed systemic failures, with children and young people being subjected to regular, repeated and distressing mistreatment. The systemic failures occurred over many years and were ignored at the highest levels. More information, and the full report, is available from the Commission’s website, at https://goo.gl/Mdixx9

 

Justice McClellan addresses Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science Seminar – Royal Commission (14 November 2017)
The Chair of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, the Hon. Justice Peter McClellan AM, addressed the Centre for Forensic Behavioural Science Seminar at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne. His full speech is available from the Royal Commission, at https://goo.gl/A1frPF

National Statement of Principles for Child Safe Organisations – AHRC
The Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) will develop a National Statement of Principles for Child Safe Organisations to increase the safety of Australian children and young people by building child-safe cultures across organisational settings. This project has been commissioned by the Commonwealth Government as part of the National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children Third Action Plan (2015-2018). More information is available from the AHRC, at https://goo.gl/7tMHL1. If you have any feedback, please send it to the AHRC at childsafe@humanrights.gov.au

Report released – A familiar face: violence in the lives of children and adolescents – UNICEF (November 2017)
This report summarises recent data in discussing four specific forms of violence: violent discipline and exposure to domestic abuse during early childhood; violence at school; violent deaths among adolescents; and sexual violence in childhood and adolescence. It is revealed that violence is experienced by children across all stages of childhood, in diverse settings, and often at the hands of individuals with whom they regularly interact. National actions and strategies for preventing and responding to violence against children are discussed. The full report can be downloaded from UNICEF, at https://www.unicef.org/publications/index_101397.html

Article released – When it comes to redress for child sexual abuse, all victims should be equal – the Conversation (1 November 2017)
This article addresses the controversial exclusion of certain victims in the government’s proposed redress scheme for victims of institutional child sexual abuse. It is proposed that people who have been convicted of sex offences, and those sentenced to prison terms of five years or more for certain crimes, are excluded from redress. The full article can be read on The Conversation, at https://goo.gl/iYZ56V

Resources and downloads available – Preventing and Responding to Abuse: Guidance for Victorian disability service providers – DSC
The Disability Services Commissioner held this forum on the 12 September 2017, which addressed preventing and responding to abuse in disability services. They have now released videos of the presentations, and various resources from the forum, on their website, at https://goo.gl/NPShPP

Resource released – Understanding safeguarding practices for children with disability when engaging with organisations – CFCA (October 2017)
Child Family Community Australia (CFCA) have developed this new resource, which provides an overview of the abuse and neglect of children with disability, and discusses various methods for achieving child-safe organisations for children with disability. The resource is available from CFCA at https://goo.gl/uHz4eh

Article released – Improving data collection to better support children in out-of-home care at risk of offending – CFCA (18 October 2017)
Child Family Community Australia (CFCA) have released the final article of a series that explored the over-representation of children and young people in out-of-home care, or with a history of maltreatment, in the youth justice system. The article discusses the need to improve data collection, so as to better inform how to support children and young people who are at risk of offending. The article is available from CFCA at https://goo.gl/xxbnjM

Supplementary Report of Case Study no. 34 released: The response of Brisbane Grammar and St Paul’s School to allegations of child sexual abuse – Royal Commission
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse released this supplementary report after receiving significant new information regarding Kevin Lynch, who allegedly sexually abused students while working at both Brisbane Grammar and St Paul’s School. It was revealed that Kevin Lynch had previously been convicted of two counts of indecent assault, before his employment at these schools. The findings presented in this report support the Royal Commission’s recommendations for a nationally consistent Working With Children Check scheme contained in their Working With Children Checks report. The supplementary report is available from the Royal Commission at https://goo.gl/C1sVb4

Report released – Report of Case Study 45 – Problematic and harmful sexual behaviours of children in schools – Royal Commission (18 October 2017)
The Royal Commission has released a report summarising the findings for Case Study No. 45, which relates to a public hearing held in October and November 2016. The public hearing inquired into the responses of a number of schools in New South Wales and Queensland to allegations of problematic or harmful sexual behaviours by students at those schools. The report can be downloaded from the Royal Commission website at https://goo.gl/iHmhBu

Documentary released – The Invisibles – Berry Street
Berry Street has released a documentary to mark their 140th year of operations. The documentary follows the story of five young people who have grown up in out-of-home care as they prepare for the Berry Street Debutante Ball. The documentary can be watched on Berry Street’s website, at https://www.berrystreet.org.au/invisibles

Report Released – Disability Services Commissioner Annual Report 2016-17 – DSC (October 2017)
The Disability Services Commissioner Annual Report summarises information regarding the enquiries and complaints made to the DSC and to disability services directly. The report includes the number, type, and outcomes of these enquiries and complaints. The report is available to download in various formats here.

Resource Released – Child deaths from abuse and neglect – CFCA (October 2017)
Child Family Community Australia has released an updated resource sheet that summarises statistics on child deaths resulting from child abuse and neglect in Australia, and discusses these statistics in light of an international context. Information is included on the deaths of young people with a history of child protection involvement in each Australian state/territory. To access the resource, click here.

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