Victorian Inquiry into Child Abuse concludes
Victorian inquiry into child abuse tables final report
On Wednesday 13 November 2013 the Victorian Parliament’s Inquiry into the handling of child abuse by religious and other organizations tabled its final report.
A copy of the inquiry's reports, along with transcripts of hearings, copies of submissions, and details of support services for victims and survivors is available at http://www.parliament.vic.gov.au/fcdc/inquiry/340
The Victorian Government has indicated that it will be prompt in implementing recommendations made by the inquiry. However Dallas O’Connor, social worker at Safe Place Services, says that responsibility for safeguarding and responding better to reports of abuse in the future does not rest with the Government alone. There is also a work to be one by religious and other non-government organizations (NGOs). In a Facebook post on 14 November he commented:
This should be a wake-up call to all senior leaders and management of religious and other NGOs to reform systems, not just pay lip service to the reality of abuse. Good on VIC for leading the way, and for Gillard having the backbone to begin the long-called for National Royal Commission. Far too often institutions are a law unto themselves, and avoid accountability. That happens now. The days of minimizing the incidents, impacts, and slack practices that allow abuse to occur and go soft on safeguarding perpetrators - must be numbered.
If you are or know of a child at risk of abuse or harm, please contact local child protection services or Police in your region.