Truth Justice and Healing Council holds first meeting

22/04/2013

The Truth Justice and Healing Council (TJHC) held its first meeting in Sydney last week with discussions ranging across document procurement for the Royal Commission, systematic issues related to the protection of children and future communications about the Council’s work and the Commission’s progress.

TJHC CEO Francis Sullivan said it was pleasing to take the first official step as a group and to get down to work.

“We are fortunate to have an extremely experienced and diverse group of men and women on the Council to guide our work,” Mr Sullivan said.

“Through our 13 members we have expertise in child sexual abuse and its impact, including trauma, mental illness and suicide.”

After initial introductions TJHC focused on how the Catholic Church achieves its aim of working with the Royal Commission in a spirit of openness, transparency and compassion.

TJHC heard a detailed presentation on the complex document procurement process of the Royal Commission. It also discussed the best way to continually communicate, engage and inform the Catholic and Australian community on its work and the progress of the Commission.

“While there is a lot of difficult work ahead of us the Council members are committed to helping the church approach the Royal Commission with openness, courage and humility to enable reconciliation and lasting healing to take place,” Mr Sullivan said.

The TJHC has been established by the Catholic Church to help the Church response to the Royal Commission into the Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

Its role is to oversee the Church's engagement with the Commission, to develop new policies to protect young people and to ensure the Church responds to any future complaints appropriately with justice, putting the needs of victims first.

To contact the Royal Commission:

Call 1800 099 340 between the hours of 8am and 8pm

Write to GPO Box 5283, Sydney NSW, 2001

E: registerinterest@childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au

W: www.childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au


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