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Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

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These volumes of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse's Final Report bring together survivors' accounts from private sessions, written accounts, findings from public hearings and research to document survivors' experiences of sexual abuse in particular institutions.

Unredacted report

The Royal Commission’s Terms of Reference required that its work did not prejudice current or future criminal or civil proceedings. For this reason, the Commissioners delivered a redacted version of volume 16, book 2 and recommended that the un-redacted version be tabled and published at the conclusion of the relevant criminal proceedings.

Read the un-redacted version

List of volumes

Volume 11 examines what the Commissioners learned about survivors' experiences of, and institutional responses to, child sexual abuse in residential institutions such as children's homes, missions, reformatories and hospitals during the period spanning post-World War II to 1990.

Volume 12 examines institutional responses to child sexual abuse in contemporary out-of-home care. It examines the nature and adequacy of institutional responses and draws out common failings. It makes recommendations to prevent child sexual abuse from occurring in out-of-home care and, where it does occur, to help ensure effective responses.

Volume 13 examines institutional responses to child sexual abuse in schools. It examines the nature and adequacy of institutional responses and draws out the contributing factors to child sexual abuse in schools. It makes recommendations to prevent child sexual abuse from occurring in schools and, where it does occur, to help ensure effective responses to that abuse.

Volume 14 examines what the Commissioners learned about institutional responses to child sexual abuse in sport and recreation contexts. It examines the nature and adequacy of institutional responses and draws out common failings. It makes recommendations to prevent child sexual abuse from occurring in sport and recreation and, where it does occur, to help ensure effective responses.

Volume 15 examines what the Commissioners learned about institutional responses to child sexual abuse in contemporary detention environments, focusing on youth detention and immigration detention. It recognises that children are generally safer in community settings than in closed detention. It also makes recommendations to prevent child sexual abuse from occurring in detention environments and, where it does occur, to help ensure effective responses.

Volume 16 examines institutional responses to child sexual abuse in religious institutions. It discusses the nature and extent of child sexual abuse in religious institutions, the impacts of this abuse, and survivors' experiences of disclosing it. The volume examines the nature and adequacy of institutional responses to child sexual abuse in religious institutions, and draws out common factors contributing to the abuse and common failings in institutional responses. It makes recommendations to prevent child sexual abuse from occurring in religious institutions and, where it does occur, to help ensure effective responses.

Unredacted report

The Royal Commission’s Terms of Reference required that its work did not prejudice current or future criminal or civil proceedings. For this reason, the Commissioners delivered a redacted version of this report and recommended that the unredacted report be tabled and published at the conclusion of the relevant criminal proceedings.

Read the un-redacted Volume 16, Religious institutions book