The Anglican Church Southern Queensland (ACSQ) covers an area of more than a half a million square kilometres, from Bundaberg in north central Queensland to Coolangatta on the New South Wales border and west to the borders of South Australia and the Northern Territory.
About four million people live within the Diocesan area, including more than 500,000 Anglicans. In the ACSQ, there are more than 500 clergy in more than 130 parishes. Clergy and lay people form an integral part of the faith community. Through their commitment, love and service, they provide both practical care and spiritual support to a diverse community.
CHURCH JOINS NATIONAL REDRESS SCHEME
The Anglican Church Southern Queensland (ACSQ) has confirmed it will join with the Melbourne and Tasmania Dioceses in signing onto the Commonwealth’s National Redress Scheme.
ACSQ will join as soon as it is able following the passing of the relevant Commonwealth and Queensland legislation.
The Diocese has previously expressed its support for an independent National Redress Scheme in line with recommendations of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. ACSQ supports the General Synod Standing Committee’s call for the scheme, as legislated, to be truly survivor-focused and consistent with the recommendations of the Royal Commission.
ACSQ has been working with the other dioceses and organisations of the Anglican Church of Australia to establish a single Anglican point of contact for the National Redress Scheme, which is in the process of being established.
The Diocese introduced its own formal interim redress scheme in December 2016 and has been working with survivors to provide redress including monetary payments, access to counselling and psychological care and direct personal responses such as formal apologies.
This is in addition to the Dioceses’ policies on school fee refunds for parents of survivors of child sexual abuse in its schools.
ACSQ has also recently introduced a policy dealing with reviews of past payments made by ACSQ to survivors of child sexual abuse.
Aside from redress, there is a second pathway for survivors where they can seek full compensatory damages through personal injuries law processes, including civil litigation.
For more information on the National Redress Scheme, CLICK HERE
For more information on the ACSQ pathways click on the ‘read more’ button below.
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