Royal Commission into child abuse turns its eye to Police

SURVIVORS who reported child sexual abuse in an institution to police have been asked to tell their stories about interactions with officers and the courts.

The Royal Commission uncovering a history of sexual predation in some of Australia's largest institutions is now turning its attention to police and the prosecutorial process.

The new inquiry follows testimonies given over 26 inquiries since 2013 about children being returned to church-run institutions after complaining about abuse to police, only for the mistreatment to continue.

Royal Commission CEO Philip Reed said victims, family members, witnesses, support workers and the institutions involved would all be invited to give evidence.

"The Royal Commission is considering many aspects of the criminal justice system, including the reporting of child sexual abuse to police; how police responded and investigated; and prosecution and trial processes," he said.

"Our terms of reference require us to explore how to best respond to child sexual abuse in institutions, including removing or reducing barriers to effectively reporting, investigating and responding to allegations and incidents of sexual abuse through the criminal justice system."

The commission will hold another public hearing in Sydney on Wednesday, this time investigating cases of child sexual abuse in private medical practices and public hospitals.

Submissions to the police inquiry can be made to by Monday, June 15.


Topics:  child rape courts police royal commission into child sex abuse

Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Debbie the second most costly cyclone in Australia's history

The Insurance Council of Australia says the cost of Debbie's damage is second only to Cyclone Tracy which devastated Darwin in December, 1974.

$1.71 billion to fix damage from Townsville to Lismore

How to stop Facebook from grabbing your data

How Facebook can grab your data, and what to do to stop it

Billie is back home for a Peepshow with Circa

SHOW: Circa will offer the world premiere of  Peepshow  in Lismore.

Mullumbimby performer is back with show's world premiere

Local Partners