The Benevolent Society Redress Scheme

The Benevolent Society has created its own redress scheme for responding to complaints of abuse from people who were residents at Scarba Welfare House for Children.  If you want to know more, click here.
The Benevolent Society seeks to respond to claims of abuse with respect, empathy, compassion and support. We have created our own redress scheme called The Benevolent Society Redress Scheme. Our scheme is designed to respond to complaints from people who were in the care of The Benevolent Society at Scarba Welfare House for Children at Bondi. The Benevolent Society provided short-term residential care for children at Scarba House between 1917 and 1986, after which it was closed down.
The Benevolent Society Redress Scheme was adopted and approved by our Board on 10 August 2015 in response to the preliminary recommendations from the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse released in July 2015. We have updated the scheme following further developments of the Royal Commission together with our own reflections on the issues.
The Benevolent Society has decided to refrain from joining the National Redress Scheme and retain our own redress scheme because our scheme:

  • has a broader scope than child sexual abuse;
  • has a more open and inclusive approach and does not discriminate people wishing to access redress;
  • appreciates abuse at several levels and considers impact in line with people’s experience to abuse.

The Benevolent Society remains open to joining the National Redress Scheme if new information comes to light.
If you would like to ask a question or submit a claim you can do so by emailing or calling (02) 8262 3576

Click here to download the Scarba House History and Apology made in 2004.