The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has commenced a public hearing today, 28th January 2014, into four boys’ homes operated by The Salvation Army Australia Eastern Territory prior to the 1980s.
During the early phase of the hearings, The Salvation Army does not propose to make comments. This is a time for care leavers to share their experiences with The Royal Commission. It is our role to listen.
The Salvation Army feels deep regret for every instance of child sexual abuse inflicted on children in our care. We are grieved that such things happened. We acknowledge that it was a failure of the greatest magnitude.
Representatives of The Salvation Army will appear before The Royal Commission to answer questions about the way The Salvation Army responded to allegations of sexual abuse in the homes.
We continue to improve our processes so that children will never be placed in situations like this again and welcome the recommendations from The Royal Commission on how we can further protect children in our care.