Royal Commission publishes submissions on Creating Child Safe Institutions

30 October 2013

The Royal Commission’s third issues paper on Creating Child Safe Institutions has attracted more than 50 submissions*, including from the Salvation Army, Australian Human Rights Commission and the Truth Justice and Healing Council.

Royal Commission Chief Executive Officer, Janette Dines, said the Commission was pleased with the breadth of organisations who contributed their ideas.

“Submissions have been received from around Australia, from organisations which provide advocacy and support services for survivors of child sexual abuse, religious institutions, government agencies and individuals.

“Identifying what makes an institution safe for children is a key objective of this Royal Commission. A recurring theme in the submissions is the need for nation-wide accountability, monitoring and oversight of organisations with a responsibility for children,” said Ms Dines.

“There was strong support for establishing a clear statement of the requirements for child safe institutions. The need to include the views of children on what would make them feel safe and comfortable in reporting abuse was also identified”.

The public has until 8 November 2013 to comment on the Royal Commission’s fourth issues paper on preventing the sexual abuse of children in out-of-home care.

View all issues papers and public submissions.*

*Public submissions received by the Royal Commission for Issues Paper No.3 on Creating Child Safe Institutions that discuss principles and procedures are listed in order of receipt. Information has been withheld in accordance with the advertised conditions.

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