The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse released its final report on Friday 15 December 2017. The report makes recommendations that aim to support and inform Australian governments, institutions and the general public in preventing and responding to child sexual abuse in institutional contexts and documents, for the public record, the experiences of people affected by this abuse.

Barnardos strongly supported the Royal Commission, making numerous submissions and recommendations based on our current practice to protect the children in our care, including our robust staff and carer selection, rigorous monitoring processes and long held commitment to always listening to our children.

Barnardos welcomes and supports the Redress Scheme that has been announced by the Australian Government, and joined by the New South Wales and Victorian Governments on Friday 9 March 2018.

Since our beginnings in Australia in the past era of child migration, Barnardos has been strongly committed to good child welfare practice, and long before the current regulatory systems were created we had internal systems in place to visit and speak directly to children in our care. We remain dedicated to ensuring all children in our care are safe from any form of abuse.

The Commonwealth has announced the Redress Scheme will commence on 1 July 2018, however the legislation to finalise the arrangements are yet to be passed by Parliament. Subject to the passage of legislation through Parliament, applications for redress can be lodged from 1 July 2018 until 30 June 2027.