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Case Study 56: Institutional review of Uniting Church in Australia

The Royal Commission held a public hearing in Sydney on Friday 10 March 2017.

The public hearing inquired into the current policies and procedures of Uniting Church in Australia in relation to child-protection and child-safety 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 the Uniting Church in Australia 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 the Uniting Church in Australia institutions.

  3. Factors that may have affected the institutional response of the Uniting Church in Australia to child sexual abuse.

  4. The responses of the Uniting Church in Australia 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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