The Royal Commission released a consultation paper Best practice principles in responding to complaints of child sexual abuse in institutional contexts: Consultation Paper on 21 March 2016. 

The purpose of this consultation paper is to seek views on best practice principles for institutions responding to complaints of child sexual abuse. The information and evidence we have received highlights problems in the way some institutions have handled complaints of child sexual abuse. In some cases, institutions had no policies in place to guide staff about how to respond and in other cases, policies existed but were inadequate or ignored.

Through our case studies, private sessions, and review of research we have identified six principles that may contribute to strong and effective practice in responding to complaints of child sexual abuse in institutional contexts.

We invite all interested parties to make written submissions to this consultation paper. Submissions will be made public, unless you clearly indicate that you would like your submission to be kept private. Written submissions should be made by Tuesday, 26 April 2016.