Faith groups unite with survivors of abuse to make institutions child-safe

12 Sep 2018

On 12 September 2018, representatives from around 20 faith groups came together with prominent survivor advocates to form a joint standing committee to focus on what needs to be done to protect children from abuse within faith based settings.

It is intended that this initial multi-faith and survivor committee will provide a strong platform to identify what is required to meet the Royal Commission’s child-safe recommendations.

The Honourable Pru Goward MP, Minister for Family and Community Services and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, opened the event, which has been jointly conceived and delivered by the NSW Ombudsman and the Children’s Guardian.

In addition to the faith groups represented, the event will be attended by Bravehearts, Blue Knot Foundation, Survivors and Mates Support Network (SAMSN), Tzedek and the Clergy Abuse Network, along with state and national government agencies with leadership responsibility in this sphere.

Faith group representatives have also welcomed the opportunity to not only join with other faiths, but to also learn from the wisdom of survivor representatives in this very challenging area.

A key objective of the gathering is not only to listen and learn, but to also act on what needs to be done to protect children. A key focus of the inaugural meeting will be identifying priority actions for survivor and faith groups to jointly progress.

Read the media release.

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