Child sex abuse investigation launched at Riverview

Historical allegations

Police have launched an investigation into allegations of child sexual abuse at Sydney's St Ignatius College Riverview dating back more than 30 years, reports The Sydney Morning Herald.

Yetserday, the school sent a letter to its old boys informing them that a former student had made allegations which principal Paul Hine said had now been reported to the NSW police force.

The only detail of the allegation contained in the letter is that it concerned "child sexual abuse over 30 years ago."

Dr Hine said it was with "some sadness" that he wrote to the school community about the allegation which had been passed on to him from the professional standards office of the Australian Province of the Society of Jesus.

"There are clear limits on what I am able to reveal about the allegations," Dr Hine wrote. "Despite this, I believe it important to inform you about the situation as I understand it and to offer reassurance that such matters are the object of direct and sustained vigilance at the school."

Dr Hine said he would also be informing current students about the allegations. He said Riverview took seriously its duty of care to the entire school community and that their procedures to safeguard students were of the highest standard.

Anyone with concerns related to child abuse or other "professional standards matters" should contact the Australian Province of the Society of Jesus or Dr Hine personally, he wrote.

"For a long time Riverview has had a proud history of education and care for boys," Dr Hine wrote. "This situation presents a salient reminder of the need to protect our young people both in policy and in practice."

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Child sex abuse at St Ignatius College, Riverview: Investigation launched into historic allegations (SMH)

Saint Ignatius’ College, Riverview sends letter to parents informing them of child sex abuse claims (The Daily Telegraph)

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