The NSW Government has released the first annual progress report of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
The report provides an update on the actions taken since June 2018 and the initiatives that are planned to make NSW safer for all children.
The report highlights recent achievements including:
- an apology to victims and survivors of child sexual abuse
- $127.2 million investment of new money to implement Royal Commission recommendations
- participation in the National Redress Scheme
- tough new child sexual abuse laws.
The NSW Government is investing $127 million to implement responses to the Royal Commission. This includes initiatives focused on preventing child sexual abuse, improving treatment and support for victims and survivors, and strengthening the criminal justice response to child sexual abuse.
Progress reports outlining the improvements NSW is making in response to the Royal Commission will be released annually for the next four years to the NSW Parliament and online.
Family and Community Services Minister Prue Goward said the NSW Government is committed to preventing and responding to child sexual abuse and supporting survivors.
“The NSW Government will continue to work in partnership with government and non-government organisations in the coming years to ensure the highest child-safety standards are in place and therapeutic services for child and adult survivors are expanded,” Ms Goward said.
“While there is significant work ahead of us, we have made very substantial progress in the past 12 months.”