On 14 June, the Government of South Australia released its response to the Final Report published by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
The report made 189 recommendations for change and the government is responsible for 104 of the recommendations.
These recommendations complement work that is already underway following the Child Protection Systems Royal Commission (South Australia).
Both the state and Commonwealth Royal Commissions share the goal to better protect children and young people and support survivors of abuse. Action taken will consider and complement reforms that are underway as part of the state Royal Commission.
The government has already announced measures that align with recommendations made by the Commonwealth Royal Commission. This includes participation in the National Redress Scheme to support people who were sexually abused as children in places run by state government such as schools and out-of-home care. Other reforms include:
- removing time limits on compensation claims
- introducing mandatory notification for information revealed during confession
- working towards a better Working with Children Checks process
- new child protection laws.
You can read the government’s full response and details related to individual recommendations on the Department of Child Protection's website.
Email: RCIRCSAresponseSA [at] sa.gov.au