Royal Commission

The Uniting Church in Australia Assembly has appointed a National Engagement and  Response Task Group to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

The Task Group was set up by the Assembly Standing Committee at its meeting of 18 November 2012.

The Assembly General Secretary Rev. Terence Corkin is Convenor and the Group’s membership includes high level representatives of Uniting Church agencies and schools, as well as Church members with experience in counselling survivors of sexual abuse and in the Church’s internal procedures for dealing with allegations of sexual abuse.

The purpose of the Task Group is to strengthen the capacity of the Church across its Councils, Agencies and schools to engage openly and positively with the Royal Commission and its issues. It will do this by facilitating the best possible response to the Royal Commission by enhancing national cooperation, sharing resources and providing guidance to the Church on how to prepare for and participate in the Royal Commission.

In early 2013, the Task Group commissioned a Statement of Uniting Church Values to guide the Church’s response is a variety of frameworks.

The Statement is available here.

It draws on the Basis of Union and our 1977 Statement to the Nation and declares our readiness to uphold Christian principles through our full and honest co-operation with the Royal Commission. 

The National Task Group has provided prayers for private or corporate use in relation to the Royal Commission. They are available for download at the bottom of this page.

If you have experienced child sexual abuse within the Uniting Church or one of its predecessor churches - in a congregation or within an institution or service - you are encouraged to contact the Royal Commission to tell your story.

Previous Assembly Statements

29 November 2012

13 November 2012