The Royal Commission into Violence, Abuse, Neglect and Exploitation of People with Disability was established in April 2019, but has suspended its public events due to COVID-19.
The Commissioners are currently seeking responses to an Issues Paper on how to prevent violence, abuse, neglect and exploitation of people with disability during emergencies.
Details on how to make a submission to the Commission or provide a response to the Issues Paper are available on the Royal Commission website.
“As COVID-19 restrictions begin to ease around the country, the Uniting Church continues in its commitment to shape and advocate for a world in which all people can flourish” said Dr Palmer.
"Our recovery must include a significant focus on those who have suffered the most. Our success will be measured by the ways we become a society in which no one is left behind.
“As followers of Jesus, we are called to reflect on our past practices and contemplate how we can faithfully embody a community life that is accessible to all people in its theology and ministry praxis.
“This could include the ongoing offering of virtual Church services for people isolated from physical places of worship, and the offering of pastoral support and assistance to those who are most vulnerable.
“People with disability, their families and carers know the best ways to ensure people with disability are included and their input should be sought on how we can best approach recovery together.”
The Assembly Standing Committee recently endorsed Disability Access Guidelines for Assembly events and activities.
The Guidelines contain advice on attitudes and communications, a number of logistic and sensory considerations, and include a theological statement