Anglicare Australia has issued the following statement ahead of the release of the final report from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse:
Anglicare Australia’s priority is, and will continue to be, ensuring the wellbeing of children and young people, and those who have experienced past abuse, is placed well ahead of the wellbeing of institutions.
Anglicare Australia welcomed the announcement of the Royal Commission in 2012 and we have followed the proceedings closely to ensure we learn from its work. Our members operate professional services and incorporate the research, reports and findings from the Commission into their policies and procedures. We will carefully review the Commission’s final report and work to incorporate its findings across our services.
Having fully supported the work of the Royal Commission, we hope to see an end to the denial and covering up of these inexcusable acts. Such systemic failure to protect the most vulnerable members of our community must never be allowed to happen again.
We thank the Commissioners for the wisdom and compassion they have brought to their work. We especially thank the survivors and their families for sharing their stories and pain to help us all understand what has happened, and what we must do to ensure it never happens again.