Abuse of Children
- One notable case study on the abuse of children that is an example of the promotion of human rights is the response of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in Australia.
- The Royal Commission was established in 2013 to investigate institutional responses to child sexual abuse in Australia, with a particular focus on religious organizations, government agencies, and other institutions that care for children.
- The Commission heard evidence from thousands of survivors of child sexual abuse and conducted an extensive investigation into the practices of various institutions.
- One of the key findings of the Royal Commission was that many institutions had failed to protect children from sexual abuse or respond appropriately when abuse was reported.
- One of the most significant outcomes of the Royal Commission was the establishment of a National Redress Scheme for survivors of institutional child sexual abuse. The scheme provides survivors with access to counselling, financial compensation, and a formal apology from the institution where the abuse occurred.
- The Royal Commission also helped to raise public awareness about the issue of child sexual abuse and the need for better protection for children.
Extract from Legal Studies Stage 6 Syllabus. © 2009 Board of Studies NSW.