The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

November 14, 2016 by J-Wire Staff
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The Royal Commission will hold a series of public hearings in Sydney to inquire into the current policies and procedures of the Jewish institutions in relation to child protection and child-safe standards, including responding to allegations of child sexual abuse.

Case Study 53 Yeshivah Melbourne and Yeshiva Bondi

 

Royal-Commission290The public hearing into Yeshivah Melbourne and Yeshiva Bondi, will commence on 20 March 2017 and is expected to end on 24 March 2017. Other institutions will appear during these hearing.

The scope and purpose of the public hearings is to consider:

  1. The current policies and procedures of each named institution in relation to child protection and child-safe standards, including responding to allegations of child sexual abuse.
  2. Factors that may have contributed to the occurrence of child sexual abuse in each named institution.
  3. Factors that may have affected the institutional response of each named institution to child sexual abuse.
  4. The responses of each named institution to relevant case study report(s) and other Royal Commission reports.
  5. Data relating to the extent of claims of child sexual abuse in the Catholic Church in Australia.
  6. Data relating to the extent of claims of child sexual abuse in the Anglican Church in Australia.
  7. Any related matters.

The purpose of these public hearings is not to inquire into individual sets of facts or particular events as has occurred in previous Royal Commission case studies.

Leave to appear

The Royal Commission may invite selected individuals or organisations to speak to, or give evidence about, the submissions they have previously provided, however it is not proposed that leave to appear will be granted to these individuals or organisations, on the basis that they are speaking or giving evidence in this capacity.

It is not essential for others who give evidence in a hearing to apply for leave to appear – witnesses may give evidence without applying for leave.

Any person or institution wishing to seek leave to appear is invited to lodge a written application for leave to appear at the public hearings by 7 December 2016  with regard to Yeshivah Melbourne and Yeshiva Bondi,

Applications for leave to appear should be made using the form available here.

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