MEDIA RELEASE: 3 July 2019
Since announcing our commitment to join the National Redress Scheme in December 2018, Parkerville Children and Youth Care have been working closely with the State and Federal Government as we undertake the necessary steps to become a Participating Institution.
The National Redress Scheme seeks to acknowledge the harm done and provide support to people who experienced institutional child sexual abuse. Redress can include access to counselling services, a direct personal response (e.g. an apology) for people who want one, and a redress payment. We endorse the opportunity for the acknowledgement and support that the Scheme provides for those who experienced child sexual abuse. Joining the Scheme provides Participating Institutes with a means of addressing mistakes of the past and allows those organisations to demonstrate an ongoing commitment to future child safety.
In Western Australia, the voluntary Scheme formally commenced 1 January 2019. Institutions have until 30 June 2020 to join. For most Institutions, the process of joining can take at least 6 months. Parkerville Children and Youth Care is now in the final stages of completing the steps required. We have been working closely with the Scheme to gather all relevant information and to train our staff to ensure proper processes are followed, ensuring the needs and safety of potential applicants will be central to the process.
We will shortly submit all documentation to the Federal Government for assessment. Once our registration has been accepted and we have been issued formal approval via a Ministers Declaration, we will announce our participation in the Scheme here: www.parkerville.org.au/media/news/.
Parkerville Children and Youth Care is available to respond to enquiries in relation to our organisation’s participation in the Scheme, however, we are unable to make comments on behalf of the Scheme. For more information on the Scheme, please visit www.nationalredress.gov.au or call the National Redress Information Line on 1800 737 377.
Parkerville Children and Youth Care prioritise providing a safe environment for all children, young people, adults and families that access the organisation’s services. In commitment to this philosophy, the organisation is now accredited as a ‘Child Safe Organisation’, we were the first organisation in Western Australia to receive this endorsement. Policies and procedures alone are not enough to keep children safe and well in organisational settings. As a child safe organisation, we consciously and systematically create an environment and culture, adopt strategies and take actions to promote wellbeing and prevent harm to children and young people, for today and in the future.
Please click the link below to read the official media release.