National Redress Scheme
The Sisters of the Good Shepherd, also known as The Congregation of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd, are a participating institution in the National Redress Scheme.
The National Redress Scheme provides acknowledgement and support to people who experienced institutional child sexual abuse.
It was created in response to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, which estimated that 60,000 people experienced institutional child sexual abuse in Australia.
Redress is an alternative to seeking compensation through the courts.
The Scheme started on 1 July 2018 and will run for 10 years.
People who were abused in the care of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd can apply to the Scheme for redress.
Free and confidential Redress Support Services are available throughout the process. They can support people before, during and after they apply for redress. Services can provide practical and emotional support, legal advice and financial counselling.
The National Redress Scheme can provide:
Access to counselling
A Redress payment
A direct personal response from the institution for people who want it
The Sisters of The Good Shepherd came from France to Australia in 1863 to help vulnerable women and children during the Gold Rush.
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