Public hearing into out-of-home care to be held

Public hearing into out-of-home care to be held

The Royal Commission will hold a public hearing in Sydney from Tuesday 10 March 2015.

The hearing will examine preventing child sexual abuse in out-of-home care and responding to allegations of child sexual abuse occurring in out-of-home care in all Australian jurisdictions.

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.

Any person or institution who believes that they have a direct and substantial interest in the scope and purpose of the public hearing is invited to lodge a written application for leave to appear at the public hearing by 20 February 2015.

Apply for leave to appear using our application form.

The form and the submission should be lodged with the Royal Commission via:

For more information on lodging your submission email solicitor@childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au.

The public hearing will be streamed live to the public via webcast.