Royal Commission turns up heat on institutions that failed children
The Child Sexual Abuse Royal Commission examined the failure of institutions like churches, schools, children’s homes and sporting clubs to protect children from sexual abuse.
While child sexual abuse also occurs in families and social environments, the Royal Commission’s terms of reference restrict its inquiry to institutional settings. This focus enabled the Commission to recommend legal and regulatory reforms to prevent such abuse ever happening again.
Some of the institutions that were investigated in Royal Commission public hearings included:
- Catholic Church
- North Coast Children’s Home
- Salvation Army
- Catholic Education Office (Diocese of Toowoomba)
- Parramatta Girls Training Home and the Institution for Girls Hay
- St Ann’s Special School (Adelaide)
- Christian Brothers
- Marist Brothers
- Catholic Dioceses of Wollongong and Melbourne
- Retta Dixon Home
- Australian Christian Churches
- Satyananda Yoga Ashram
- Yeshiva Melbourne and Bondi
- Knox Grammar School
- St Joseph’s Orphanage
- Jehovah’s Witnesses
- Brisbane Grammar School and St Paul’s School
- Church of England Boys’ Society (CEBS)
- Anglican Diocese of Newcastle
On the 15th of December, the Royal Commission sat for the final time and has since handed down its recommendations to the Government and institutions.