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The Salvation Army Australia Southern Territory and The Royal Commission

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse will commence a public hearing in Adelaide tomorrow (Tuesday, 6 October 2015) into The Salvation Army Australia Southern Territory. The hearing will examine the operations of four children's homes between 1940 and 1990 in Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia.

This is a time for us all to listen to the accounts of the survivors of abuse. Out of respect for the survivors, The Salvation Army will not offer any commentary at this time, but will do so at an appropriate time in the future.

The Salvation Army completely supports the work of the Royal Commission and has been fully cooperative in providing all of the material that has been requested.

The Salvation Army has deep regret for these serious past failures. We apologise unreservedly to those who were entrusted to our care, their families and the Australian public.

We are committed to continually reviewing our policies and practices to ensure that children and vulnerable people within any Salvation Army context are as safe as possible and are treated with respect and dignity.

We encourage any person wanting to raise concerns of abuse to contact our Professional Standards Office on (03) 8878 4814 or professionalstandards@aus.salvationarmy.org

For further information about the responses of The Salvation Army Australia Southern Territory to The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse can be found at:
salvationarmy.org.au/royalcommission