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Case Study 24: Out-of-home care

The Royal Commission held a public hearing in Sydney from held from Tuesday 10 to Wednesday 18 March 2015. The second stage of the hearing was held Monday 29 June to Friday 3 July 2015.

The hearing examined preventing child sexual abuse in out-of-home care and responding to allegations of child sexual abuse occurring in out-of-home care.

consultation paper into out-of-home care was released on 8 March 2016.

The scope and purpose of the public hearing was 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.

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