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Royal Commission in Child Sexual Abuse to convene in QLD

THE Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse will hold public meetings for the first-time in Queensland next week.

The hearing will inquire into the response by the Catholic Education Office in Toowoomba to allegations of child sexual abuse at St Saviour's Primary School.

The public hearing in Brisbane is scheduled to run for up to two weeks.

Royal Commission CEO Janette Dines said today the scope and purpose of the public hearing was to inquire as to whether the response by the principal and other members of staff at St Saviour's Primary School to allegations of child sexual abuse made against a teacher at the primary school in September 2007.

Ms Dines said the commission would also investigate the response by officers of the Catholic Education Office in Toowoomba to information supplied by the primary school principal regarding the allegations of child sexual abuse received in September 2007.

Furthermore, she said the adequacy and implementation of systems, policies and procedures of the Catholic Education Office in Toowoomba and St Saviour's Primary School for the prevention, detection, investigation and reporting of allegations of child sexual abuse since 2007 would also be investigated.


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