The Royal Commission held a public hearing in Brisbane from Monday 17 to Monday 24 February 2014.

The hearing examined the response by the Catholic Education Office, Diocese of Toowoomba, to allegations of child sexual abuse.

Findings

Findings from Case Study No. 6 are now available. View the Report of Case Study No. 6: The response of a primary school and the Toowoomba Catholic Education Office to the conduct of Gerard Byrnes.

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

  1. The response by the Principal and other members of staff of a Catholic primary school in Toowoomba, Queensland, to allegations of child sexual abuse made against a teacher at the primary school, in September 2007.

  2. The response by officers of the Catholic Education Office, Diocese of Toowoomba, to information supplied by the primary school Principal regarding the allegations of child sexual abuse received in September 2007.

  3. The adequacy and implementation of systems, policies and procedures of the Catholic Education Office, Diocese of Toowoomba, and the primary school for the prevention, detection, investigation and reporting of allegations of child sexual abuse since 2007.

  4. Any related matters.

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