Reforming a system that has for decades failed to protect children and to deliver justice to abuse survivors is a massive task.
The Child Abuse Royal Commission was originally set to run for two years, but this was extended for a further two years due to the sheer enormity of the problems it is addressing.
In addition to our work in seeking compensation and apologies for individual survivors, we are agitating on behalf of all survivors to ensure that the reforms put in place can deliver justice to them.
When we hit a roadblock in the law, we don’t see it as a setback. We see it as an opportunity to challenge the system and direct our efforts towards changing it.
When we discovered that the NSW Government was requiring survivors who received a private settlement to pay back their victims compensation, we challenged this practice.
“As a result of our challenge, many of our clients have had their victims compensation payments returned to them”
Kelso Lawyers have also researched and prepared a detailed submission to the Child Abuse Royal Commission on redress and civil litigation. In our submission we called for a national scheme that included generous payments to survivors and provisions for apologies. Our submission stated that the scheme should be funded by the institutions responsible for the abuse, not taxpayers.
We also prepared a submission to the NSW Government in which we called for the removal of the limitation period for claims involving child abuse and making church property trusts liable for the actions of priests.
In addition to these efforts, we have filed a submission to the Royal Commission seeking reform in the NSW Statutory Victims of Crime Compensation Scheme, and directly lobbied both the NSW Attorney General and Premier on this issue.
Victims of crime advocacy is central to our role in helping abuse survivors heal. When we hit a roadblock in the law, we don’t see it as a setback. We see it as an opportunity to challenge the system and direct our efforts towards changing it.