The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse is investigating how institutions like schools, churches, sports clubs and government organisations have responded to allegations of child sex abuse.
The Commission is uncovering where systems and institutions have failed to protect children in the past. As more stories of abuse come forward, the Commission works toward improving laws, policies and practices so that these instances of child sexual abuse can be prevented in future.
On 15 December 2017, the Royal Commission will present a Final Report regarding its investigations to the Governor-General. The Report will make recommendations that aim to support and inform Australian governments, institutions and the general public in preventing and responding to child sexual abuse.
In addition to the Report, the experiences of people affected by this abuse will be made public record.
Live streaming of the Royal Commission into Child Sexual Abuse public hearings is regularly available from the official Royal Commission website. Please visit the site for more information.
If you are considering giving evidence, watching the Royal Commission live stream provides a valuable insight into the experience of attending a public hearing. Protecting the victims is of the utmost importance to the Royal Commission, so the live stream is often paused for privacy reasons.
To find out more about the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Abuse, visit our FAQ page or go to wwww.childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au for more information.