The NSW Jewish Board of Deputies congratulates Jewish House on becoming the first Jewish organisation to join the National Redress Scheme, which is designed to acknowledge and support people who have experienced institutional child sexual abuse and to provide them with access to counselling, payment and an apology. JewishCare Victoria is also in the process of joining the scheme, and we encourage other Jewish organisations to follow suit.
Two years ago, Board of Deputies Social Justice Committee chair Emeritus Professor Bettina Cass established a task force to co-ordinate the community’s response to this issue. Jewish House CEO Rabbi Mendel Kastel is a member of the Task Force. Professor Cass is also chairing an ECAJ national working group, which is co-ordinating information and advice for Jewish institutions across Australia about polices and procedure for child protection and understanding the process of opting in to the National Redress Scheme.
The National Redress Scheme began on July 1, 2018. For more information visit www.nationalredress.gov.au or call the National Redress Scheme on 1800 737 377.