A group representing some survivors of abuse in faith-based care wants churches to come out and support the call for the setting up of an independent body to deal with all complaints of abuse.
Survivors have told the inquiry into Abuse in Care that the new body, which must be separate from the state and any religious organisation, is urgent.
Liz Tonks from the Network of Survivors of abuse in faith-based care said they are hoping, when churches appear before the Royal Commission in March, they will back the idea.
We would hope the churches would come out and see the value of doing this and join in that call.
She said it would take it out of the churches’ hands and get the historical abuse cleared-up, giving them a way forward.