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Case Study 48: Institutional review of Scouts and Hunter Aboriginal Children’s Service

The Royal Commission held a public hearing in Sydney on Tuesday 6 December 2016.

The public hearing inquired into the current policies and procedures of Scouts New South Wales in relation to child protection and child-safe standards, including responding to allegations of child sexual abuse.

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

  1. The current policies and procedures of Scouts New South Wales in relation to child protection and child-safe standards, including responding to allegations of child sexual abuse.

  2. Factors that may have contributed to the occurrence of child sexual abuse at Scouts New South Wales.

  3. Factors that may have affected the institutional response of Scouts New South Wales to child sexual abuse.

  4. The responses of Scouts New South Wales to relevant case study report(s) and other Royal Commission reports.

  5. Any related matters.

The purpose of this public hearing is not to inquire into individual sets of facts or particular events as has occurred in previous Royal Commission case studies.

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