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Case Study 33: The Salvation Army children’s homes, Australia Southern Territory

The Royal Commission held a public hearing in Adelaide from Tuesday 6 to Wednesday 14 October 2015.

The public hearing inquired into the experience of former child residents at institutions operated by The Salvation Army (Southern Territory) between 1940 and 1990.

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

  1. The experiences of former child residents of the following institutions operated by The Salvation Army (Southern Territory) between 1940 and 1990:
    1. Eden Park Boys’ Home, South Australia (Eden Park);
    2. Box Hill Boys’ Home, Victoria (Box Hill);
    3. Bayswater Boys’ Home, Victoria (Bayswater); and
    4. The Salvation Army Boys’ Home (also known as Hollywood Children’s Village), Nedlands, Western Australia (Nedlands).
  2. The response of The Salvation Army (Southern Territory) to allegations of child sexual abuse of former residents of Eden Park, Box Hill, Bayswater and Nedlands.
  3. The past and current policies, practices and procedures of The Salvation Army (Southern Territory) for responding to claims of child sexual abuse in the institutions it operated.
  4. Some aspects of the criminal law that govern the prosecution of child sexual abuse offences in South Australia, in particular the issue of joinder.
  5. Any related matters.  
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