Children currently at risk
If you know of a child at risk, or you have experienced abuse, please contact:
- Queensland Police Service
- The Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women or
- A counselling service such as Lifeline 13 11 14
- UnitingCare Child Safe Contact Officer on 1800 297 745 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- The UnitingCare Child Safe Principal Practitioner on 0439 367 565
- The UnitingCare Child Safe Hotline: 1800 297 745 or email@example.com
Survivors of abuse
People who were abused as a child while in the care of UnitingCare are encouraged to contact the:
UnitingCare Child Safe Contact Officer on 1800 297 745 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Survivors of sexual abuse as a child can access information about redress provided by the Uniting Church in Australia, Queensland Synod, at this link and survivors of physical abuse or neglect as a child can discuss redress with the UnitingCare Child Safe Contact Officer.
UnitingCare encourages all survivors of abuse to contact the Queensland Police Service.
Survivors of abuse which occurred at UnitingCare services, or organisations which no longer exist but were community service organisations of the Uniting Church or its predecessors
UnitingCare acknowledges the pain and suffering of people who experienced abuse at the hands of institutions and individuals and emphatically states that abuse of children is never acceptable.
UnitingCare recognises that some children in the care of the Uniting Church or former Methodist, Presbyterian and Congregational Churches, did not receive the care that they rightly deserved. The Uniting Church has expressed regret and sorrow to these children who suffered neglect and abuse while in institutional care provided by the Church and its agencies.
The President of the Uniting Church in Australia, Stuart McMillan, apologised to survivors on 4 June 2018 while announcing the Church’s decision to opt in to the National Redress Scheme for people who have experienced institutional child sexual abuse. He said,
“We acknowledge the impact of child sexual abuse in the lives of those who have been abused in our institutions or those of our predecessor Churches. To each survivor and all of their families, I am truly sorry.”
On 22 October 2018 the Prime Minister of Australia will deliver a National Apology to Victims and Survivors of Institutional Child Sexual Abuse. The Australian Government will offer the apology to help the healing process.
UnitingCare has a Complaints of Past Child Abuse or Neglect Policy and Procedure to respond to anyone who was abused as a child while in the care of, or receiving services from, UnitingCare, or organisations which no longer exist but were community service organisations of the Uniting Church or its predecessors. UnitingCare and the Uniting Church work with survivors to offer hope and healing.
Survivors of abuse, or those representing them, are encouraged to contact the Queensland Police Service and the:
Survivors of sexual abuse may be eligible for redress. The Uniting Church in Australia, Queensland Synod provides information at this link.
Survivors of other types of abuse as a child may also be eligible for redress and can seek information from the: