The Royal Commission will hold a public hearing in Adelaide commencing on 6 October 2015 at the Roma Mitchell Commonwealth Law Court Building, 3 Angas Street, Adelaide.
The scope and purpose of the public hearing is to inquire into:
- The experiences of former child residents of the following institutions operated by the Salvation Army (Southern Territory) between 1940 and 1990:
- Eden Park Boys’ Home, South Australia (Eden Park);
- Box Hill Boys’ Home, Victoria (Box Hill);
- Bayswater Boys’ Home, Victoria (Bayswater); and
- The Salvation Army Boys’ Home (also known as Hollywood Children’s Village), Nedlands, Western Australia (Nedlands).
- 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.
- 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.
- Some aspects of the criminal law that govern the prosecution of child sexual abuse offences in South Australia, in particular the issue of joinder.
- Any related matters.
Any person or institution who believes that they have a direct and substantial interest in the scope and purpose of the public hearing is invited to lodge a written application for leave to appear at the public hearing by 18 September 2015.
The public hearing will be streamed live to the public via webcast.