Direct personal responses

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Introduction

A direct personal response (DPR) is one of the 3 components offered through the Scheme to eligible people.

Participating in a DPR is an opportunity for people who have experienced abuse while in the ‘care’ of an institution to share their experience of abuse, to the extent they wish to do so, with a representative of the institution and to have them hear, recognise and acknowledge their story. The institution’s representative may apologise on behalf of the institution and explain the steps the institution has taken or will take to prevent abuse happening again in the future.

A DPR can be given through a face-to-face meeting between a person and a representative of the institution, a written letter, or any other method preferred by the person and agreed to by the institution.

All participating institutions must participate in a DPR with a person who requests it, except where it would risk causing harm. Institutions must provide DPRs in line with the NRS DPR Framework.

Taken from NRS, 2022: https://guides.dss.gov.au/national-redress-guide/5/3

Although this provided DPR info sounds fairly straight-forward, I can let readers know that it’s far from that. For some of us who’re also dealing with related issues, having to relive the same moments for unfamiliar ’help’ can unfortunately cause you to relive the same moments for the 3rd-4th-or even 5th time! It’s great having a chance to reconnect, with those ’in the know’ who’ll be able to recognise your past-current-future lifestyle. This can be a great stage, to finally get ’official statements’ for YOUR ordeals – directly! Please take it from someone whose had to go off the comfortable track – reach out to the suitable Counselling people.

Thanks to Australia’s impact of climate change & covid19:

  • my NRS 1. has been submitted;
  • NRS 2. still awaiting ”Institutional Responses”;
  • NRS 3. is now having experienced Counsellors helping me.
#mackaycartoons, retrieved 2022.

“There’s always a bigger wave …” (common saying). CSA Survivours should try to keep in mind, that you’re not in this alone + they’re more sources coming forward: other surviving-victims, Counsellors, Government Sources & Law-enforcement (Police, solicitors & judges).

REFERENCES

Australian Government Response to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

The Australian Government is committed to ensuring that children in institutional care are safe and protected from abuse.

On 13 June 2018, the Australian Government tabled its response to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

The Australian Government Response acknowledges the courage of the survivors and victims of institutional child sexual abuse, their families and supporters as well as the work of the Royal Commission in helping to create changes to ensure that children are protected from child abuse in all institutions now and in the future.

The full version and individual chapters are available to download below:

• Australian Government Response – Introduction [PDF 380KB]

• Australian Government Response – Introduction [DOCX 136KB]

• Part one: Final Report Response [PDF 852KB]

• Part one: Final Report Response [DOCX 205KB]

• Part two: Working With Children Checks Report Response [PDF 380KB]

• Part two: Working With Children Checks Report Response [DOCX 131KB]

• Part three: Criminal Justice Report Response [PDF 565KB]

• Part three: Criminal Justice Report Response [DOCX 168KB]

• Part four: Redress and Civil Litigation Report Response [PDF 292KB]

• Part four: Redress and Civil Litigation Report Response [DOCX 137KB]

• Fact sheet [PDF 193KB]

• Fact sheet [DOCX 112KB]

In December 2017, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse Final Report made 409 recommendations. The Australian Government is addressing each of these recommendations in partnership with state and territory governments.

More information about the Australian Government’s response is available on the following pages:

• Role of Australian Government agencies

• Role of states and territories

• Role of institutions

• Support services

To obtain a hard-copy of the Australian Government Response, please contact the CARCImplementationTaskforce@ag.gov.au and include your postal address with your message.

(Retrieved from https://www.ag.gov.au/carcresponse)