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.
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. We 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. We are 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.
Programs to support and protect children in our care
National Redress Scheme
Child Protection and Child Safe Standards (PROTECT)
Support for survivors of past abuse, violence or childhood trauma is available:
- Sexual Assault Crisis Line (Victoria): (free call 5pm to 9am, 7 days a week)
- 1800 RESPECT (Australia)
- : access historical information about child welfare in Australia.
Reviewed 16 March 2022