Anglicare Australia has issued the following statement in relation to the National Redress Scheme:
Anglicare Australia’s priority is ensuring the wellbeing of children and young people is placed well ahead of the wellbeing of institutions.
That is why we have supported the work of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse since it was established. Having fully supported the work of the Royal Commission, we also backed the creation of the National Redress Scheme.
Anglicare Australia was instrumental in creating the Anglican entity that facilitates membership of the Scheme. We continue to support the Scheme and all other measures stemming from the Royal Commission.
We will assist survivors to seek redress in any way we can. That is why we completed the Provenance Project. The Project traced records of abuse in welfare agencies linked to the Anglican Church and sought to help survivors access this information.
We now 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.