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20 March 2019 – Are you ready for the National Redress Scheme?


Topic:  Are you ready for the National Redress Scheme?

  • Are you working with an adult or child/young person who has been sexually abused within an institution?
  • What is the National Redress Scheme?
  • Which institutions are participating? What do I do if the institution is not participating?
  • Who is eligible? Who isn’t and why.
  • Do you know enough to explain it them?
  • How do you apply?
  • What can applicants receive from the NRS?

Following the recommendation of the Royal Commission into Institutional Reponses to Child Sexual Abuse a National Redress Scheme (NRS) has been established.  This session will be presented by knowmore legal service. Knowmore is a free national legal service funded to assist survivors of institutional child sexual abuse to ensure they have access to redress. This session will provide detailed information about the NRS, including the three components of the scheme available to survivors, the impact of prior payments, the assessment framework used to assess the amount a survivor will receive and the legal options available to survivors, including at common law.

Speaker:  Leanne Scoines
Leanne Scoines is a solicitor and social worker with thirty years’ child protection experience working with vulnerable children and their families. In 2008 Leanne received the Queensland Commission for Children and Young People Child Protection Week Professional Services Award for outstanding contribution to child protection practice in Queensland. Leanne has a strong commitment to social justice and ensuring that the most vulnerable members of the community have access to justice and advocacy. Leanne has worked as Senior Lawyer at the Director Child Protection Litigation, Qld. Leanne is currently the Managing Lawyer at knowmore legal service Brisbane which offers assistance in relation to the National Redress Scheme.

Chair: Nicola Doumany
Nicola Doumany is the Executive Director of Community Justice Services, Department of Justice and Attorney-General.  Nicola has held various leadership roles in both Commonwealth and State governments, administering legislation, promoting human rights and delivering quality client services including leading the establishment of Victim Assist Queensland. Nicola is a proud recipient of the Public Service Medal and has worked with the Queensland Government for close to 25 years.

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