The Royal Commission

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Background to the Royal Commission

On Friday, 11 January 2013 the (then) Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia, Her Excellency Quentin Bryce, appointed six Commissioners for the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and the associated terms of reference.

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has now concluded. It has investigated how institutions like schools, churches, sports clubs and government organisations have responded to allegations and instances of child sexual abuse.

The Royal Commission has aimed to understand and report on how systems have failed to protect children and make recommendations about how to improve laws, policies and practices to better ensure the safety of children.

What has the Royal Commission investigated?

The scope and role of the Royal Commission was to inquire into institutional responses to allegations and incidents of child sexual abuse and related matters. This included but was not limited to:

a. what institutions and governments should do to better protect children against child sexual abuse and related matters in institutional contexts in the future;

b. what institutions and governments should do to achieve best practice in encouraging the reporting of, and responding to reports or information about, allegations, incidents or risks of child sexual abuse and related matters in institutional contexts;

c. what should be done to eliminate or reduce impediments that currently exist for responding appropriately to child sexual abuse and related matters in institutional contexts, including addressing failures in, and impediments to, reporting, investigating and responding to allegations and incidents of abuse;

d. what institutions and governments should do to address, or alleviate the impact of, past and future child sexual abuse and related matters in institutional contexts, including, in particular, in ensuring justice for victims through the provision of redress by institutions, processes for referral for investigation and prosecution and support services.

Reference: The Royal Commission website; Terms of Reference; Letters Patent.

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