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Redress and Civil Litigation Report

Publishing organisation: Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

Year of publication: 2015

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  • This report contains the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse’s (the Royal Commission) final recommendations on redress and civil litigation for survivors.
  • Chapter 6, p. 177 onwards, outlines the Royal Commission’s recommendations for meeting the counselling and psychological care needs of survivors of child sexual abuse.
  • The Royal Commission identifies the importance of survivors having access to practitioners who have appropriate capabilities, including trauma-specific training and relevant experience.
  • It is recommended that a public register of appropriately qualified and experienced mental health workers should be designed and implemented in consultation with: the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists, the Australian Association of Social Workers, Adults Surviving Child Abuse, a specialist sexual assault service and a non-governmental organisation with expertise in the counselling and psychological care needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander survivors.

The report details the importance of providing trauma-informed mental health care to survivors and makes more detailed recommendations for how this should occur.