Royal Commission to sit in Sydney this week

Hearing today

The national child sex abuse inquiry will sit this week to hear further evidence on two case studies - the YMCA NSW, and the Catholic Church's abuse complaints procedure, reports Nine News.

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse ended 2013 with a report criticising YMCA NSW senior management over systemic failures. When the hearing resumes today, the Commission will hear from YMCA NSW, which has asked the commission to reject findings in the report presented by commission senior counsel Gail Furness.

Then tomorrow the Commission will continue a hearing into Towards Healing, the Catholic Church process for abuse complainants. In December this fourth case study, and the first involving the Catholic Church, was adjourned.

The Commission has also announced it will examine allegations of child sexual abuse in 2007 at St Saviour’s Primary School in Toowoomba, Queensland.

The public hearing will take place in Brisbane and is scheduled to run for two weeks from 17 February. The hearing will look into the response by the Catholic Education Office of the Diocese of Toowoomba in Queensland, to the allegations made against a teacher at the primary school in September 2007.

The teacher was sentenced to 10 years jail in 2010 for the rape and molestation of 13 students aged between nine and 10-years-old.The Commission will also examine the response by the principal and other members of staff at the time to the allegations.


Child abuse inquiry reopens in Sydney (Nine news)

Royal Commission announces public hearing in Toowoomba (TJH Council release)

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