The Royal Commission held a public hearing to inquire into the current policies and procedures of Catholic Church authorities in Australia in relation to child-protection and child-safety standards, including responding to allegations of child sexual abuse.

The public hearing commenced on 6 February 2017 at the Royal Commission’s hearing rooms in Sydney.

Location

The hearing was held at Level 17, Governor Macquarie Tower, 1 Farrer Place, Sydney.

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

  1. The current policies and procedures of Catholic Church authorities 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 Catholic Church institutions in Australia.
  3. Factors that may have affected the institutional response of Catholic Church authorities in Australia to child sexual abuse.
  4. The responses of Catholic Church authorities in Australia to relevant case study report(s) and other Royal Commission reports.
  5. Data relating to the extent of claims of child sexual abuse in the Catholic Church of Australia.
  6. 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.

Read Analysis of claims of child sexual abuse made with respect to Catholic Church institutions in Australia.

Themes

Read Structure, Governance and Culture Introduction (PDF 149 KB)
Read Structure, Governance and Culture Introduction (DOC 40 KB)

Read Discipline, Secrecy and Confession Introduction (PDF 177 KB)
Read Discipline, Secrecy and Confession Introduction (DOC 37 KB)

Read Data Introduction (PDF 138 KB)
Read Data Introduction (DOC 37 KB)

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