Church opts in to National Redress Scheme

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The Seventh-day Adventist Church in Australia and its various entities have been formally declared as participants in the National Redress Scheme (NRS) for survivors of institutional child sexual abuse.

Opting in to the NRS provides the Church with another avenue to support survivors as they seek justice and healing. The Church, through Adsafe, will continue to operate its internal redress scheme, which was established in early 2017 prior to the NRS being set up.

Survivors in Australia will have the choice to access redress through either scheme. New Zealand survivors will be able to continue to access redress through the internal scheme.

“It is Adsafe’s hope that through redress, whether that be through our internal scheme or through the NRS, survivors can access support and feel empowered as they seek to heal from the terrible impacts of child sexual abuse,” said Natalie Renshaw, from Adsafe survivor services and redress.

If you would like to make contact with the Adsafe team please contact 1800 220 468 (Australia) or 0800 442 458 (New Zealand). For more information go to adsafe.org.au.