Law for Community Workers on the go. Legal Aid NSW.

17. PART 1: The National Redress Scheme—in response to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

January 18, 2019
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We talk to Prue Gregory, the wonderful piano-playing Principal Lawyer from the knowmore legal service, about the National Redress Scheme for people who have experienced institutional child sexual abuse.

 Prue talks about:

  • eligibility for the scheme
  • the financial implications for clients who receive a payment under the scheme
  • the situation for prisoners
  • other options for people
  • what community and support workers can do to help, and
  • how you can work safely with survivors of trauma.

The National Redress Scheme started on 1 July 2018 and runs for 10 years. knowmore is the legal service that is funded to help people through the scheme.

One of Prue’s main messages is to tell people to take a deep breath—knowmore gives priority to people who have life threatening illnesses. If your clients are not in this situation, there is no rush. They have until 30 June 2027 to make a claim.

The podcast was recorded the day after Prue attended the national apology in Canberra on 22 October 2018.

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