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Ross Church representative Since at least the s, governments and churches have partnered to provide institutions for children who needed to live away from home. Churches staffed and administered the institutions which housed child migrants as well as local children.
Since the s there has been a continuous and growing number of claims of serious maltreatment from the former residents of many institutions. In the early s, various church facilitation and mediation programs commenced in Australia to address the claims.
Urgency often characterises the mediations due to the high needs and advancing age of former residents. The Well Established Church WEC is a large church with city and regional centres and groups of like-minded followers throughout Australia and the world.
It was one of the first in Australia to establish a mediation program for former residents of the institutions it operated.
The WEC endeavours to have its representative who participates in the mediation come from the group within the church that was responsible for operating the institution at which the person making the claim lived.
Frank, with the support and encouragement of a therapist, had recently lodged a claim through the WEC program and the processing of the claim had progressed to the mediation phase.
The WEC office provided the mediator with a report summarising the investigation into the claims made by Frank, prepared by an independent interviewer. The report explains that Frank was a child migrant who was brought from Malta to Australia when he was 8 years of age.
He is now in his late 60s. He lives alone in a Department of Housing flat near the city. He spends much of his day watching television; occasionally passing the time of day with neighbours and often walking through nearby parks and suburbs most days. In the evenings, other than on some Sundays, Frank reads and rereads his growing collection of newspaper clippings of the widespread abuse among residential institutions before, during and after his childhood years.
The report goes on to say that Frank entered a residential institution operated by the WEC on his arrival in Australia and remained there until he ran away 6 years later at age He was subjected to psychological, physical and sexual abuse.
His quality of life has been severely compromised by the trauma of these experiences. This was aggravated by the dismissive reaction of the church to his few past approaches to them for assistance. He did arrange his own counselling but was only occasionally able to afford it.
The report notes that Frank has been able to work only intermittently, spending years at a time unemployed due to being addicted to alcohol and tobacco until his late 50s.
His most fulfilling work was in remote parts of the north-west of Western Australia. His first marriage ended catastrophically for which he holds his lack of a caring upbringing accountable.
He has not seen his children from that marriage since they were toddlers. His second marriage also ended in divorce and he maintains reasonable contact with his children from that marriage. The process commences with the mediator meeting individually with each participant, who may be accompanied by a support person.Case Studies: Mediation and FDR Mediation All Case Studies are based upon accurately reported mediations and FDR Mediations conducted by Margaret Halsmith.
Identifying information, including names, has been changed to preserve confidentiality. In the last edition of Family Matters, Ilene Wolcott, AIFS Fellow, reported on the role of mediation in parent - adolescent dispute resolution. This article continues that theme and looks at mediation services available to couples involved in divorce disputes in Australia.
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Resolving disputes - case studies This information relates to laws in Victoria, Australia. These case studies illustrate the ways in which people have resolved . Almost all cases go to mediation at some stage. Your case manager will listen to your point of view when deciding when to order mediation and you can discuss the timing of mediation with your lawyer.
The Supreme Court of Western Australia will be providing free mediation information sessions for the public from 1 November For more. Almost all cases go to mediation at some stage. Your case manager will listen to your point of view when deciding when to order mediation and you can discuss the timing of mediation with your lawyer.
The Supreme Court of Western Australia will be providing free mediation information sessions for the public from 1 November For more.