Melbourne Citymission came into being in 2000, when the organisation changed its name from Melbourne City Mission. The organisation dates back to 1854.
Melbourne Citymission's website includes an 'Apology to the Forgotten Australians who were in Melbourne Citymission's care' from its Chief Executive Officer.
Melbourne Citymission apologises unreservedly for any harm, distress or hurt that may have occurred to children and young people while in the care of its institutions and other out-of-home care facilities.
The 'Forgotten Australians' Senate Inquiry has shown that life in institutional care was often bleak and caused lifelong pain and difficulties for many careleavers.
Melbourne Citymission deeply regrets any abuse, neglect and lack of appropriate care and nurture of children in its care. We accept that some children did not receive the love, nurturing and care to which they were so rightly entitled.
Melbourne Citymission encourages past careleavers who wish to discuss their experience with our services to make contact with us. We are committed to support careleavers to tell their story, recover their history or find supports that may be needed.
Sources used to compile this entry: 'Apology heals pain', Moreland Leader, 28 November 2009; 'Melbourne Citymission - History', Melbourne Citymission, 2009, https://www.melbournecitymission.org.au/about/who-we-are-what-we-do/our-history.
Prepared by: Cate O'Neill
Created: 2 July 2013, Last modified: 22 October 2014