26 September 2023

Childhood Redress Scheme has 3rd birthday

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The Department of Children, Youth Justice and Multicultural Affairs has marked three years since the implementation of the National Redress Scheme, supporting the many Queenslanders who experienced historical childhood sexual abuse.

Minister for Children, Youth Justice and Multicultural Affairs, Leanne Linard said the Government remained committed to listening and supporting people with lived experience of institutional childhood sexual abuse.

Ms Linard said more than $95 million had been paid through the Scheme and more than 109 people had been linked to ongoing counselling.

“More than 672 people have indicated they might wish to receive a direct response from Queensland Government representatives,” she said.

“Childhood sexual abuse has a lifelong impact on victims and their loved ones.

“Survivors were let down in the worst possible way by those who were meant to keep them safe.”

Ms Linard said until institutions responsible for this abuse joined the Scheme, survivors could not get the closure they needed and deserved.

The Minister said the Truth, Healing and Reconciliation Taskforce was currently travelling the State, connecting with Queenslanders through a range of forums.

“The Taskforce is raising community awareness, advocating for more support services for people with lived experience and their families, and providing opportunities for people to share their stories and learn more about the National Redress Scheme,” she said.

“The Scheme will run for 10 years and applications are open until 30 June 2027,” Ms Linard said.

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