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AASW welcomes compensation fund for survivors of child sexual abuse

Published: 7 November 2016

The AASW welcomes the announcement by Social Services Minister, Christian Porter MP, of a compensation fund for survivors of child sexual abuse in faith based and human services institutions.

"At last some real social justice has been achieved for survivors," says National President, Professor Karen Healy AM.

The establishment of the compensation fund is in line with the interim recommendations of Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. The compensation of up to $150,000 per person will go some way to recognising the lifelong pain and suffering experienced by those who were so grievously harmed by those entrusted to care for them.

Professor Healy urges the Commonwealth also to fund the required support services for survivors, as also recommended by the Royal Commission.

"Many survivors of Institutionalised child sexual abuse experience ongoing trauma that affects all aspects of their lives. The Royal Commission has recommended that survivors are provided with counselling and other support services."

Counselling and peer support services are crucial to addressing the harm caused by institutional child sexual abuse. The AASW urges Australian governments to ensure that survivors receive the support services they need and as recommended by the Royal Commission.

The AASW represents 10,000 professional social workers who are committed to working with communities and individuals to promote wellbeing, human rights and social justice.

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