Royal Commission of Inquiry into Abuse in Care

There is currently a Royal Commission of Inquiry into Historical Abuse in State Care and in the Care of Faith-based Institutions (Royal Commission) taking place.

As part of its work, the Royal Commission is inquiring into historic abuse that has occurred within faith-based entities during the period 1950-1999. The Royal Commission was set up by the government and is completely independent from the government and from faith based entities.

We acknowledge the hurt and pain that has been caused in the past to those affected while in our care. We are devastated that this has happened to some people in our care and are so very sorry. The abuse and mistreatment of children, young people and vulnerable adults was never ok, and is certainly not who we are today. Our values will guide us as we walk the long road with survivors to a place of healing. We will be open and transparent. We will show compassion and humility.

As these historic abuses came to light, we have worked with the survivors who came forward to apologise and support them as best we could.

Presbyterian Support Central has welcomed the Royal Commission and wishes to assist with its transformative goals. In April 2018, Presbyterian Support Central wrote to the Commission welcoming the Inquiry and offering full cooperation.

We are committed to work with the Royal Commission and will take their recommendations on board. In the meantime, as an organisation, we have taken a good hard look at our internal processes and procedures to ensure we always operate to best practice standards.

If you or a member of your family has been harmed while in the care of Presbyterian Support Central, there are a number of ways your complaint can be heard: