Continued engagement with the Royal Commission
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse is continuing their work through four main areas: public hearings, private hearings, issues papers and research. To date the Uniting Church in Australia has been directly involved in two of the four areas, namely research and responding to Issues Papers. The Uniting Church in Australia National Assembly has been compiling each synod’s input regarding the responses and submitting a national response.
Updated resources from the Royal Commission
16 December 2014
The Royal Commission has released some new resources for adults and separate resources for children to help support disclosures about abuse. The Uniting Church in Australia continues to support the work of the Commission and supports those who are affected by abuse.
10 January 2014
There are many ways in which the Royal Commission is seeking to support the survivors of child sexual abuse. Child sexual abuse has a profound impact upon so many people, not just the particular child. The child’s family, friends and those around them are affected by trauma of the abuse. For those working in the area of support of survivors of abuse, whether directly or indirectly, it is important to remember to engage in self-care. The Royal Commission website has invaluable resources to assist with this. One of the areas of support, both legal as well as more broad support, is an organisation called Know More. They have very useful fact sheets and other resources available to the public including one in relation to care for workers in the field.
Uniting Church supports Royal Commission into Institutional Responses into Child Sexual Abuse
27 June 2013
The Uniting Church in Australia, Queensland Synod welcomes the decision of the Federal Government to establish a Royal Commission on the sexual abuse of children in both public and church institutions, and pledges itself to cooperate fully and honestly with the process the Commission will implement.
The Uniting Church in Australia National Assembly has appointed a National Engagement and Response Task Group to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
Read the Uniting Church Values Statement in relation to the Royal Commission into Child Sexual Abuse
Royal Commission Issues Paper 1: Working With Children Check, 17 June 2013
Uniting Church in Australia response to Issues Paper 1, 12 August 2013
Royal Commission Issues Paper 3: Child safe institutions, 8 August 2013
Uniting Church in Australia response to Issues Paper 3, October 2013
Royal Commission Issues Paper 4: Sexual Abuse of Children in Out-of-Home Care, 11 September 2013
Uniting Church in Australia response to Issues Paper 4, November 2013
The Uniting Church in Australia Regulations (updated 2012)
Queensland Synod Schools’ Commission Past Abuse and Mistreatment Complaints Policy
The Uniting Church, Queensland Synod Child Safe Church policy
National help and counselling services
If you are in crisis and require after hours assistance please call:
- Lifeline 13 11 14
- Kids Help Line 1800 55 1800
- Parent Line 1300 30 1300
- 1800 Respect (Family Violence and Sexual Assault Line) 1800 737 732
- Police Link 131 444
- Department of Child Safety 1800 811 810 (Queensland only) or (07) 3224 8045 (outside Queensland)
If you would like to make a complaint please contact the Queensland Synod General Secretary by:
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phone: 1800 586 591
- Mail addressed as “Confidential” to the General Secretary, Uniting Church Queensland Synod, GPO Box 674 Brisbane QLD 4001.