Royal Commission calls on victims of abuse to come forward

THE royal commission is calling on anyone who complained of sexual abuse while under the care of the Salvation Army in the past 20 years, to come forward.

A second hearing into the handling of abuse claims by the Salvation Army's Eastern Territory, which takes in NSW and Queensland, will begin in Sydney on March 24.

The hearing, the 10th since the royal commission was established, will look at the treatment of children who complained of abuse at the army's homes from 1993 until now.

Royal Commission CEO Janette Dines said the hearing would give the panel a better understanding of how the Salvation Army handled complaints and effectiveness of the policies it had in place.

Any information provided to the commission is strictly confidential and not released without the permission of victims.

Applications to appear at the hearing can be submitted until March 10 by emailing solicitor@childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au or writing to GPO Box 5283, Sydney NSW 2001.

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