SA Government response to Child Sexual Abuse

The Marshall Liberal Government has released its response to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse as part of its plans to better protect children from this appalling behaviour.

“The Royal Commission uncovered shocking cases of institutional abuse of children that highlighted the need for sweeping reform of how we, as a society, protect our most vulnerable members from this appalling abuse,” said Attorney General Vickie Chapman.

“My hope is that our shared resolve in response to these findings will deliver change that will better protect the safety and wellbeing of our children and young people.

The South Australian Government is responsible for 104 recommendations out of a total of 189 in the 17 volume Report. 66 of those 104 recommendations of the Royal Commission have been accepted, a further 37 are still being considered and one has been rejected.

“I’m proud to be part of a Government that has taken decisive steps to address the terrible legacy of child sexual abuse and in many ways the recommendations of the Royal Commission complement reform already underway in South Australia,” said Attorney General Vickie Chapman.

“It’s critical that the terrible legacy of child sexual abuse is addressed with a comprehensive suite of policies at both the Federal and State level.

“The Marshall Government has confirmed it will participate in the National Redress Scheme to provide monetary compensation, counselling and recognition to people sexually abused as children.

“Survivors who have already received compensation under the existing State Government scheme will still be eligible to apply under the National Redress Scheme.

“The Marshall Government has also introduced new laws into State Parliament to remove time limits for victims of child sexual abuse to seek compensation. This will remove the injustice that prevented victims of child sexual abuse seeking compensation after the age of 21.

“In addition, changes to mandatory notification laws, that are due to come into effect in October, will require priests and ministers of religion to disclose information gained in the course of confession as part of their mandatory reporting requirements.

“South Australia is very close to finalising the regulations for working with children checks that will significantly enhance our ability to suitably screen and monitor people who work with children.

 “The South Australian Government will continue to work with our counterparts in other states and territories, as well as federally to ensure we have a consistent, national approach that ensures children and young people are better protected.”