Our Approach to Redress

What is The Benevolent Society’s approach to redress?

The Benevolent Society seeks to respond with respect, empathy, compassion and support to claims of abuse from people who were in our care at Scarba Welfare House for Children at Bondi (also known as Scarba House). The Benevolent Society ran Scarba House between 1917 and 1986, when we provided short-term residential care for children.

Is The Benevolent Society joining the National Redress Scheme?


Yes 

The Benevolent Society is currently in the process of joining the National Redress Scheme and hopes to be participating in the Scheme by the end of 2020. If you are eligible for the National Redress Scheme, we ask that you make an application through this Scheme.   The National Redress Scheme sets out its eligibility here - www.nationalredress.gov.au/applying

What is the National Redress Scheme?

The National Redress Scheme started on 1 July 2018 and will run for 10 years. It was a key recommendation arising from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. You can find more information about the National Redress Scheme by visiting their website at www.nationalredress.gov.au or calling 1800 737 377 (Monday – Friday 8am – 5pm local time).

You can also seek information and support from Knowmore, a dedicated and independent legal service supporting survivors of institutional child sexual abuse. You can find more information about Knowmore by visiting their website at www.knowmore.org.au or calling 1800 605 762 (Monday – Friday 9am – 5pm AEST/AEDT).

What if I am not eligible for the National Redress Scheme?

The Benevolent Society runs a separate redress scheme for those people who are not eligible for the National Redress Scheme or are close to end of life and not in a position to wait for The Benevolent Society to formally join the National Redress Scheme (e.g. receiving end-of-life or palliative care). The Benevolent Society hopes to be participating in the National Redress Scheme by the end of 2020.

Please get in touch with us by emailing theproperofficer@benevolent.org.au or calling (02) 8262 3576.