Community Legal Sector Welcomes Landmark Royal Commission Report
Friday 15 December 2017
The National Association of Community Legal Centres (NACLC) and knowmore have today welcomed the release of the Final Report from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
Knowmore, established in 2013 as a program of NACLC, is a legal service that was established to provide free trauma-informed legal help to people engaging with the Royal Commission. Knowmore has worked with over 8,500 people over the life of the Commission, providing 90,261 referrals, information and advice for clients.
In welcoming the release of the Final Report, Prue Gregory the Principal Lawyer at knowmore acknowledged the “hard work and dedication of the Commissioners and the staff of the Royal Commission in putting together such a comprehensive report”.
Most importantly however, she paid tribute to the survivors: “We pay tribute to the courage of many thousands of Australians who have come forward to inform the Royal Commission”.
“It is after all the information these courageous people have provided which has enabled the Royal Commission to determine the areas where the institutions failed our children” she added.
Ms Gregory also acknowledged the work of knowmore as the first legal service of its kind. “It is with a great deal of pride that knowmore can look back on the collaborative yet at the same time independent relationship knowmore has developed with the Royal Commission. Many thousands of clients have benefited from accessing support from knowmore while at the same time engaging with the Royal Commission”.
In a welcome decision announced in May, funding for knowmore has been extended to 30 June 2018 to provide information and advice to survivors of institutional child sexual abuse about the justice or redress options available to them. “We also expect that knowmore will play a key role in responding to the recommendations listed in the Criminal Justice Report and to the 189 new recommendations listed in the Final Report” added Ms Gregory.
“This is a landmark report. People across Australia have shared their stories and now we look forward to continuing to work with the survivors and Government to ensure the Report is a catalyst for meaningful change” she concluded.
For more information or to arrange an interview please contact:
Nassim Arrage, NACLC CEO, 0408 092 256
Prue Gregory, Principal Lawyer knowmore, 0407 209 677
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