On 15 December 2017 the final report of the McClellan Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse was released.
Over the past five years, the Royal Commission has uncovered tragic and widespread abuse of children who were in the care of government and non-government institutions. The response of these institutions suggests that children reporting abuse were not believed and their allegations were ignored.
This is in line with many of the recommendations of Victoria's own Betrayal of Trust Parliamentary Inquiry, the final report of which was tabled in 2013.
As well as making important recommendations for governments and institutions, the McClellan Royal Commission has provided essential support for survivors of abuse in Australia. It has allowed their voice to be heard. The Department commends the bravery and courage of survivors who shared their personal stories, and thanks the advocates who have worked tirelessly to make sure that abuse of children is brought out into the light.
Now the findings have been delivered, it is up to each government and institution with responsibility for children and young people to ensure that these failures to protect children never happen again.
As part of a coordinated effort, the Victorian Government is considering each recommendation in full. The Department is looking in detail at the report's findings to ensure we are able to respond effectively to ensure we protect the children in our care.
The government is leading important work to address some of the key recommendations including:
- child wellbeing and safety information sharing reforms to protect vulnerable children by simplifying and improving information sharing arrangements between trusted professional entities.
- continuing to support child safe standards for all Victorian early childhood services and schools, to ensure they are well prepared to protect children from abuse and neglect.
Report and resources
For the Department's child safe standards, see: PROTECT
To read the full report, see: Royal commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse: Final report
For support services for anyone affected by child sexual abuse, see: Royal commission information at the Department of Justice and Regulation
For the Betrayal of Trust report, see: Betrayal of trust implementation at the Department of Justice and Regulation