Tuesday March 13, 2018
Member for Mulgoa, Tanya Davies MP has applauded the NSW Government’s decision to join a national redress scheme for survivors of institutional child sexual abuse.
Tanya Davies said survivors of child sexual abuse in NSW Government institutions will soon have access to a consistent and compassionate scheme designed to be responsive to their needs.
“It’s a national shame that so many children were sexually abused in environments where they should have been nurtured and protected,” said Tanya Davies.
“A redress scheme is vital to helping ensure survivors in Mulgoa and in all communities across Australia are supported and treated with dignity,” said Tanya Davies.
A single national redress scheme was a key recommendation of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
Premier Gladys Berejiklian said the scheme will provide survivors with a redress payment of up to $150,000, access to counselling and direct personal responses from institutions.
“NSW and Victoria will be the first states to opt into the scheme, which is vital to acknowledging the suffering of survivors of abuse and supporting them on their journey to recovery,” Ms Berejiklian said.
“Redress is an important part of recognising the lifelong impact of child abuse on survivors, many of whom carry the scars decades after abuse occurred. We strongly encourage non-government organisations in NSW also to opt in.”
Attorney General Mark Speakman said NSW is a leader in child protection and supporting survivors of abuse.
“NSW has already removed the limitation period for survivors to launch civil claims for compensation. We have also improved our Model Litigation Policy which ensures a more compassionate approach to how civil child abuse claims are managed by NSW Government agencies,” Mr Speakman said.
“We were also the first state to introduce trained witness intermediaries to help child victims and witnesses of sexual abuse understand questions and convey their answers effectively in criminal proceedings. The Royal Commission has recommended this reform be introduced nationwide.
“The NSW Government will make its formal response to all Royal Commission recommendations in June.”