The Royal Commission held a public hearing in Sydney that examined preventing child sexual abuse in out-of-home care and responding to allegations of child sexual abuse occurring in out-of-home care.

The first stage of the hearing was held from 10 – 18 March 2015.  The second stage of the hearing was held from 29 June – 3 July 2015.

A consultation paper into out-of-home care will be released in due course.

Location

Level 17, Governor Macquarie Tower, 1 Farrer Place, Sydney.

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

  1. The incidence of child sexual abuse in contemporary out-of-home care settings.

  2. Recruitment, assessment and training of carers in out-of-home care.

  3. Monitoring and oversight of children in out-of-home care in the context of preventing child sexual abuse and responding to allegations of child sexual abuse.

  4. Systems, policies, practices and procedures for
    a. reporting allegations of child sexual abuse in out-of-home care
    b. responding to allegations of child sexual abuse in out-of-home care, and
    c. supporting children who have been sexually abused in out-of-home care.

  5. Any related matters.

Documents

Download the Opening Address of Counsel Assisting and the witness list for the first stage of the hearing, which was held from 10 – 18 March 2015:

Transcripts

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