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Royal Commission to hold public hearing into out-of-home care

9 March 2015

The Royal Commission is holding a public hearing in Sydney from Tuesday 10 March 2015 starting at 10.00 am. The hearing is currently scheduled to run for two weeks.

The hearing will examine preventing child sexual abuse in out-of-home care and responding to allegations of child sexual abuse occurring in out-of-home care in all Australian jurisdictions.

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

  1. The incidence of child sexual abuse in contemporary out-of-home care settings.
  2. Recruitment, assessment and training of carers in out-of-home care.
  3. Monitoring and oversight of children in out-of-home care in the context of preventing child sexual abuse and responding to allegations of child sexual abuse.
  4. Systems, policies, practices and procedures for
    1. reporting allegations of child sexual abuse in out-of-home care
    2. responding to allegations of child sexual abuse in out-of-home care, and
    3. supporting children who have been sexually abused in out-of-home care.
  5. Any related matters.

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