Reporting centre regulations

If there has been mental suffering, an application can be made via this website for compensation within the meaning of the reporting centre regulations. The regulations and a summary thereof are given below. If you have any questions about the regulations, please contact the reporting centre employee at info@meldpuntapgen.nl.

Summary of the reporting centre regulations

Article 1 of the reporting centre regulations describes what is meant by mental suffering and what is meant by compensation:

Mental suffering is understood to mean the personal experience of pain as a result of denial, constraint and emotional pain because of the organisational culture, especially before the turn of the century, and/or resulting actions of pastoral carers within the Apostolic Society, other than psychological discomfort and/or psychological non-well-being.

Compensation means help, assistance and/or (financial) support.

Individual members and former members can submit applications to the reporting centre digitally or by letter until 1 January 2022 at the latest. They can use the application form on which they must fill in a number of details and provide brief descriptions of the story/experiences through which emotional pain was experienced. The reporting centre employee will contact the applicant within 3 weeks.

The reporting centre employee can remind an applicant of or refer him to, among others:

  • the society's internal confidential advisor;
  • the society's external confidential advisor;
  • the general practitioner or another care or assistance provider;
  • the possibility to participate in a peer support group;
  • the possibility to have a conversation with a certain (former) pastoral carer of the society (if he is open/able to do so), possibly under the supervision of the internal confidential advisor.

In the event of a (suspected) criminal offence, the reporting centre employee can remind the applicant of or refer him to:

  • the police, to report the crime;
  • Victim Support Netherlands, who can also offer help reporting the crime to the police, contact Perspectief Herstelbemiddeling (who organise victim offender mediation) and contact a peer support group;
  • the reporting centre SMPR, where external confidential advisors can be consulted as well.

If this referral does not produce the desired result, the reporting centre can be contacted again, which will forward the application to the advisory committee.

If it appears from the application that the applicant also wishes to be eligible for recognition/apologies and/or a different type of compensation (including costs incurred), the reporting centre employee will forward the application to the secretary of the advisory committee.

What is meant by other types of compensation is specified in Articles 34, 35 and 36 of the regulations, as well as the extent of the amounts. One important criterion is that only the costs that are not reimbursed by an insurer are eligible. In very exceptional cases, the board may deviate from the regulations.

The applicant will be given the opportunity to explain the application orally to the advisory committee or a member thereof. The oral hearing has a private nature. Only a written procedure is also an option.

Na de mondelinge behandeling maakt de adviescommissie een schriftelijk advies op. De aanvrager wordt in de gelegenheid gesteld als eerste kennis te nemen van dit advies. De aanvrager kan het advies blokkeren. In dat geval wordt de behandeling van de aanvraag gestaakt. Indien de aanvrager het advies niet blokkeert wordt het advies ter kennis van het bestuur gebracht. Het advies van de adviescommissie is zwaarwegend. Het bestuur beslist vervolgens.

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