Thursday, 19 September 2019

UCA Values Statement for Disability Royal Commission

Hearings have begun for the Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability, with the first hearing taking place in Brisbane on 16 September 2019.

The Uniting Church in Australia has welcomed the Royal Commission and its inquiry into what must be done to build a society in which people with disability feel included, supported and have their human rights respected.

A values statement has been drafted which will guide the UCA’s response to the Royal Commission.

It recalls the 15th Assembly’s affirmation that “All people are created in the image of God, including people with disability,” and the commitment to embody community life that in its practice and theology is accessible to all people.

It outlines the Uniting Church’s commitment to cooperate fully and openly with the Royal Commission.

“The Commission has been designed to maximise the participation and contribution of people with disabilities in this inquiry,” the statement reads. “The Uniting Church supports this approach, which will give voice to those who have suffered violence, abuse, neglect or exploitation and will call the rest of the community to listen. “

A National Task group will be established to help guide the Uniting Church response and will be supported by UnitingCare Australia.