Pastoral Support and Assistance Grant

Our Pastoral Support and Assistance Scheme is available to people who have been abused by clergy or church workers who have been licensed or have held a position in this diocese.

Our Director of Professional Standards facilitates the Scheme which follows a two-part process.

When an individual brings their story or complaint to us, we will let them know the options available to them and offer pastoral support in the form of:

  • A support person who can walk alongside them in the story-telling and/or complaint process.
  • Access to counselling.
  • Assistance to report to the police.

We will investigate the matter when the person submits a formal written complaint. We may help with payment of costs associated with submitting the complaint e.g. for travel incurred.

Once the complaint has been investigated and it is concluded that the abuse as alleged did take place, the person will be invited to apply for a monetary grant and provide supporting documentation for the application. The grant is intended to provide some financial reparation in the form of assistance toward the person’s future.  We may ask the person to undergo a medical assessment to help gauge their future needs.

The application is assessed by an independent assessor who will determine the amount of the grant that the diocese will offer. The amount that may be awarded through the Scheme is capped at $75,000.

Any counselling costs that have already been paid by the diocese will be considered as pre-payment of part of the grant and so the final figure paid will be reduced by this amount.

The person will be required to sign a deed of release to accept the amount and finalise the matter.