Redress to survivors of child sexual abuse

Redress

Newcastle Anglican Church is a participant in the National Redress Scheme.

The National Redress Scheme is the primary redress scheme for people who were sexually abused as children in the Diocese of Newcastle and its parishes, schools, children’s homes and other agencies.

All people who were sexually abused as children are encouraged to apply for redress directly to the National Redress Scheme.

An independent and nationally consistent redress scheme was a key recommendation of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

Newcastle Anglican Church still operates its Pastoral Care and Assistance Scheme (PCAAS) using the same framework as the National Redress Scheme. PCAAS is the approved scheme for adult victims of sexual abuse within the Diocese and for victims of other forms of child abuse within the Diocese. If you would information about PCAAS please contact our Survivor Support and Advocacy Service by email here.

For more information on the National Redress Scheme, click here.

As contemplated by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, people who were abused can take the path of seeking full compensatory damages through personal injuries law processes, including civil litigation. Your solicitors can write marked Private and Confidential to Redress PO Box 817 Newcastle 2300 or by email here.

Apology

Each year around 300 people from the parishes, schools and agencies gather at a meeting with the Anglican Bishop in an event called Synod to deliberate on Anglican Church life.

The Bishop and Synod have expressed their sincere apology to survivors of abuse. They have committed Anglican Church Newcastle to do all that is necessary to provide redress and support to survivors.

Royal Commission

The Royal Commission reviewed the conduct of the Diocese. The conduct of the Diocese was criticised as part of Case Study number 3 and in a detailed way as part of Case Study number 42.

Diocesan Professional Standards

The Anglican Diocese of Newcastle takes allegations of misconduct and abuse seriously.

If you would like to speak with the Diocesan Director of Professional Standards you can call 1800 774 945
Write confidentially to the Director of Professional Standards directly at: Anglican Diocese of Newcastle PO Box 494 Newcastle NSW, 2300
Email Director