The Royal Commission held a public hearing to inquire into the current policies and procedures of Australian Christian Churches and affiliated Pentecostal churches in relation to child-protection and child-safety standards, including responding to allegations of child sexual abuse.

The public hearing commenced 24 March 2017 at the Royal Commission’s hearing rooms in Sydney.

Location

The hearing was held at Level 17, Governor Macquarie Tower, 1 Farrer Place, Sydney.

The scope and purpose of the public hearing is to inquire into:

  1. The current policies and procedures of Australian Christian Churches and affiliated Pentecostal churches in relation to child protection and child-safe standards, including responding to allegations of child sexual abuse.
  2. Factors that may have contributed to the occurrence of child sexual abuse at Australian Christian Churches and affiliated Pentecostal churches.
  3. Factors that may have affected the institutional response of Australian Christian Churches and affiliated Pentecostal churches to child sexual abuse.
  4. The responses of Australian Christian Churches and affiliated Pentecostal churches to relevant case study report(s) and other Royal Commission reports.
  5. Any related matters.

The purpose of this public hearing is not to inquire into individual sets of facts or particular events as has occurred in previous Royal Commission case studies.

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