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Update on Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

The Royal Commission held its first day of hearings on 3 April 2012. The transcripts are available at http://www.childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au/Hearings/Pages/Hearings-transcripts.aspx

The Senior Counsel Assisting, Ms Gail Furness SC, described the types of institutions that the Commission will be investigating.  These include (the text is taken verbatim from the draft transcript p13-14):

residential care facilities such as orphanages, all religious organisations and their various, however described, entities. Among them are schools, churches, parishes, congregations, dioceses, including archdioceses, and religious orders. Recreational and sporting groups are included including the Girl Guides, the Scouts, swimming organisations, soccer, football, Little Athletics, netball and all other organised sports are included.

Childcare centres, State Government child protection agencies, other State Government departments and authorities, including the police force, which have responsibilities for children. Agencies which organise and supervise out of home care are included, as are detention centres, including those that house refugees. Defence forces, educational facilities, including kindergarten, primary, secondary schools and boarding schools are all included. In addition, juvenile justice centres are institutions for the purpose of the Terms of Reference

However, this is not an exhaustive list of institutions that may be served with notices to produce documents.  For example, the NSW Director of Public Prosecutions has already been served with such a notice.