Catholic Church's commitment to National Redress Scheme welcomed

The State Government has welcomed confirmation the Catholic Church’s dioceses of Adelaide and Port Pirie are now formally participating in the National Redress Scheme.

Laws enabling South Australian institutions to participate in the Scheme came into effect late last month, with today’s announcement meaning applications lodged by victims of child sexual abuse in institutions run by the Catholic Archdioceses in this state can be processed.

Attorney-General, Vickie Chapman, said the involvement of the Catholic dioceses is a positive sign and a signal to the current non-participating Catholic institutions together with other religious institutions to get on board as quickly as possible to allow the Scheme to take proper effect.

“No amount of money can make up for the unspeakable abuse people suffered as children while in the care of both government and non-government institutions,” Ms Chapman said.

“But what we can do now is provide victims of abuse with support, counselling and acknowledgement of what they went through.

“I’m pleased to see the dioceses and the schools and other institutions that they are responsible for have now agreed to take part in this scheme.”

Ms Chapman said other major non-Government institutions to confirm their involvement in the Scheme to date in SA included the Jesuits, the Scouts, the YMCA and the Salvation Army.

“We are continuing to work with the other organisations and religious institutions at a state level and would encourage all institutions who may have a role to play here to sign up and help provide much-needed support to those people who experienced child sexual abuse while in their care, Ms Chapman said.

“I look forward to the Scheme fully commencing in South Australia on 1 February 2018 and encourage other non-government institutions to opt in also.”