Children living in out-of-home care can be at increased risk of sexual abuse. The Royal Commission’s work in this area will help prevent child sexual abuse and how to respond to allegations of child sexual abuse in out-of-home care.

The Royal Commission has published 57 public submissions in response to this Consultation paper. To access those submissions please click here.


The Royal Commission held its first of a series of roundtables in Sydney on Wednesday 16 April 2014. 

The roundtable was convened by Justice Jennifer Coate and Commissioner Robert Fitzgerald AM.

This roundtable discussion helped the Royal Commission better understand how to prevent sexual abuse of children in out-of-home care. With the number of children in out-of-home care increasing nationally, examining the prevention of child sexual abuse in this setting is a priority for the Royal Commission.

The roundtable followed the release of Issues Paper 4: Preventing Sexual Abuse of Children in Out-of-Home Care, which generated 63 submissions from a wide range of individuals and organisations. Some consistent themes emerged in the submissions and these formed the basis of the roundtable discussion. The four broad themes for discussion were:

  • Monitoring and oversight
  • Recruitment, assessment and training of carers
  • Prevention through practice
  • Supporting and responding to children in out-of-home care

Participants were asked specific questions by the Commissioners to guide the discussion. The questions were targeted to enhance our understanding of the current out-of-home care landscape and identify the areas that require greater focus.

Read the Opening Statement by Justice Jennifer Coate.

Read the Summary Report.

Roundtable discussion

MP3s from the roundtable

Opening Address

Session 1

Session 2

Session 3

Session 4

Closing Remarks